Since graduating in 2010 with my B.A. In sociology I have been living in Binghamton New York. I moved here to pursue a PhD (also in sociology) from SUNY Binghamton. As of spring 2012 I have completed my coursework and received my M.A. from this wonderful institution.
I am currently working on my area papers (which are the equivalent of a thesis and comp exams) before starting my dissertation. My research interests revolve around the juncture of material and social phenomenon, namely ecological Marxism, extractive economies and commodity frontiers. This research is propelling me towards my dissertation which will be a social and ecological history of northeastern Minnesota told through the lens of iron ore and its relationship with state and international production regimes.
In addition to my research I have been teaching classes at Elmira College and performing duties as a teaching assistant in Binghamton. I have also been keeping busy by writing. I have several upcoming publications including a book review for Historical Materialism and several entries in the Encyclopedia of Imperialism.
None of this would have been possible without the foundation in sociology I received from SCSU. During my time there my sociological imagination was nurtured through the guidance of a number of teachers who believed in me and constantly pushed for more.