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I use qualitative social science methods to explore the intersections of agriculture, environment, and technology in both rural and (sub)urban landscapes. My current project works with US hop growers to better understand farmer-driven innovation and its impact on agricultural/environmental sustainability and adaptability.
Drawing on qualitative data collected through on-site interviews and on-farm participant observation, this project responds to two core research questions: (1) How do environmental and market pressures impact decisions about technologies used on the hop farm? (2) What comparative lessons do hop producers have for environmental and technical considerations in other agri-food regimes? Responding to these questions in the context of hop farmers' novel agricultural practices yields insights into broad societal concerns about labor, culture, and environment at the human-technology frontier.
To better understand material relations in hybrid corn and soy seed production and exchange in the US Midwest. Additionally, the project explores the distribution of agency (things which make a difference) within the agricultural assemblage. Particular attention is paid to these concerns as they emerge in precision agriculture techniques now ubiquitous throughout the region and gaining in popularity in large monocultural settings around the globe.