• Sustainability of agroecosystem transformations particularly in the context of sociotechnical change and technoscientific risk.
  • Socio-economic development strategies within "specialty" or "alternative" agrifood systems, particularly the use of "quality."
  • Transitions from government to governance within the food safety system.
Agriculture, Agriculture Business and Management, Economics, Sociology
PhD, Michigan State University, Sociology, 2006
MS, Minot State University, Resource Development, 1997
BS, Michigan State University, Multidisciplinary, 1992
agriculture food safety

Third Place, Graduate Student Poster Competition (Agricultural Legacies in Southwest Michigan: Perspectives on Socio-Environmental Change), Victor Institute for Responsible Land Development and Use, (Michigan State University Extension), 2004-2004

Honors Society of the Phi Kappa Phi (Academic Honor), National Society, 2003-2007

First Place, Graduate Student Poster Competition (Agricultural Land Use Transformations in Southwestern Michigan), Victor Institute for Responsible Land Development and Use (Michigan State University), 2003-2003

Honorable Mention, Poster Competition ("The Extraordinary Cherry:" Specialty Crop Production In A Changing World), Rural Sociological Society, 2001-2001

Graduate Office Fellowship, The Graduate School (Michigan State University), 1997-2003

Graduate Recruiting Fellowship, Department of Resource Development (Michigan State University), 1993-1994

American Sociological Association
Phi Kappa Phi
Rural Sociological Society