Stephanie has a B.A. from University of Iowa and a M.Sc. from Iowa State University. Before coming to Cornell, she worked as a Policy Program Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs.
She is interested in interdisciplinary, participatory methodologies that draws on concepts from environmental sociology, political ecology, feminist geography, systems thinking, and the food sovereignty movement.
Stephanie is interested in research that equips agrarian communities to balance near-term goals with long-term climate change adaptation and resilience, seeking to understand how communities already leverage or could leverage local and/ or traditional governance structures to create this balance. She plans to work in communities likely to experience the worst effects of climate change, including areas of rural southern and eastern Africa.