Researcher Dedicated to Human Enthusiasm

Identifying the cultural metrics that guide human mobilities


Doctor Who. Geography-themed tattoos. The Grateful Dead. Geospatial analysis of cultural phenomena. Graceland. Veganism. Population stability. Baseball. Comics. What do these things have in common? They are all topics that I have researched in my career as a human geographer. At a cursory glance, it’s fair to beg the question: well, what exactly do you do? The thread that connects these seemingly disparate topics is human enthusiasm. I dedicate my career to understanding how humans develop enthusiasm, and how this influences their movements across (and beyond) planet Earth. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to determine how and why certain factors influence humans to act, think, move, and spend their money a certain way. I conduct ethnographic interviews. I collect and summarize statistical data. I tell stories. I frequently publish my results. Most important of all, I make my results accessible across all audiences, not just those in academia. I am a firm believer in open source software, open access publication platforms, and open science.

Research

I maintain an active research agenda which includes engagement and outreach at conferences, in journals/publications, and in workshops

Teaching

I have taught courses (lecture and laboratory) in both the natural and social sciences to students at multiple levels in higher education

Career Aspirations

As a human geographer, I employ a diverse skillset of quantitative and qualitative research techniques to tell stories about the Earth

What am I up to right now?

Intensive research in library/information sciences


I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in a term-limited (one year) research appointment. I primarily research in the areas of information retrieval, human-computer interaction, and encouraging global researchers to adopt data management practices to enhance collaboration efforts. Read more here.

On the job market

What kind of work am I looking for?


I am seeking full-time, permanent employment in an area that utilizes my skillset in using qualitative and quantitative data to tell stories about humans and planet Earth. I am interested in career paths within governmental services, market research, libraries, archives, museums, and fandom/gaming.

Community Enthusiast and Activist

I thrive on building connections in my local community. For the past five years, I have helped multiple organizations in the Knoxville area grow and thrive, including the nonprofit Kickstand Community Bike Shop, Knox Vegan, Knoxville Farmed Animal Save, and the Children's Diversity and Justice Library.