I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University. As an interdisciplinary sustainability and environmental scientist, my research interest lies at the intersection of environment, development, and justice. I have worked on topics that include land tenure and land use change, food security, pastoralist mobility and livelihoods, community-based natural resources management, dryland sustainability, and sustainable energy transition. My research includes both theoretical and empirical work, and I have carried out research in East Africa and Central Asia. My recent work has appeared in Science, Nature Food, Landscape Ecology, Development and Change, among other journals.

I am Editor-in-Chief of World Development, a multi-disciplinary monthly journal of development studies that seeks to explore ways of improving standards of living and human condition by examining potential solutions to problems such as poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease, gender and ethnic discrimination, and environmental degradation.