I'm a Fort Collins native and feel very fortunate to be living and teaching in my home town. I hold a personal commitment to the land grant mission and strive to do research that for the common good that is accessible to all. This commitment informs all my research and teaching.


The fundamental questions that inspire me examine social processes. What are the processes of innovative teams? How do we effectively engage individuals and groups in change efforts? What are the processes though which people develop strong bonds to place?





Integrative Teams

I use Social Network Analysis to understand how diverse teams work to create innovation. 


University of California, Davis

Ph.D. Sociology

Behavioral Engagement

What tools help to engage individuals and communities in change efforts?

Sustainable Buildings & Cities

How do we create buildings and cities that are thriving, healthy places?

Place Attachment and Sense of Place

What is it about a place that draws people to it and helps them form attachments and bonds?


University of California, Davis

M.A. Sociology


Colorado State University

B.A. Sociology & Women's Studies