I am an inter-disciplinary geographer working on the political economy of rural development in Africa. My interests are in agrarian studies,  political ecology, and development studies.

I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geography at San José State University. My current book project Rebuilding Angola focuses on post-war rural development and reconstruction in Angola, which rivals Nigeria as the largest producer of oil in Africa. I have also conducted research on and fieldwork in various other countries during my twenty years of experience with a range of institutions.

I am interested in the geographical ways that states and societies interrelate, and how those interrelations shape hunger, poverty and practical opportunities for broadly improving people’s well-being.