I am a writer, a teacher, a mother, and an advocate for wildlife and wild spaces.
Sustainable food campaigns form my work, from climate-friendly and just transition policy, school food programs, municipal and institutional procurement, sanctuary practices, food sovereignty efforts, to individual consumer campaigns.
I have written reports on grocery industry food waste and institutional menu shifts and made dozens of appearances in podcasts, interviews, presentations and radio shows, and submitted numerous testimony to county, state, federal and local policymakers in comment periods or requests for public presentations.
Advocacy writing has appeared in The Hill, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mongabay, The Guardian, USA Today, Food Tank, The Salt Lake Tribune, and Chicago Business among others, and I’ve been widely interviewed from VICE to The Guardian to Bloomberg News. Essays on nature have appeared in KCET and The Sacramento Bee.
Literary writing has appeared in the anthology Joy Interrupted: an Anthology on Motherhood & Loss as well as the anthology The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne. As a humor essayist, I have written on a variety of topics including dementia, mother-daughter relationships, childhood, and lifestyles.
My academic writing includes literary analysis of women writers, pedagogical approaches to teaching, and the link between state violence and domestic violence. My doctoral dissertation is Violence, Silence, and Sacrifice. Violence is a key theme in much of my work, including writing about violence to animals, violence against the environment, the value of mixed martial arts, and the complex dynamics of interpersonal violence.
For more than 15 years, I was a university professor and taught literature, writing, rhetoric, gender, film, and cultural studies at the college level. I hold a Ph.D. from the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the preeminent global institution for Irish Studies. I have been a guest lecturer at universities in the United Kingdom and the United States, presented papers at top international conferences at University of London, Queens University (Belfast), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Erasmus University (the Netherlands), University of Salamanca (Spain), Charles University (Czech Republic), and my award-winning research on radical women in Irish history has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books.
I lead food campaigns for the Center for Biological Diversity, an international conservation organization, where I advocate for a just, sustainable food system for people, wildlife and the planet. I am on the publicity committee for the food justice and sustainable food initiative Home Grown Bay Area and am an advisory board member for Friends of the Noyo River. Finally, I am creator of Food X and author at Medium.