My interdisciplinary research focuses on the relationships between bodies (both human and non-human) and designed environments in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. I have studied phenomena as diverse as Universal Design; assistive technology; urban design; parks and greenways development; permaculture and regenerative design; urban tree cover; active transportation; social movements and disability activism; critical design; architecture and the human sciences; everyday environments; histories of medicine and statistics; disability in relation to race, class, and gender; and critical approaches to mapping university environments.

Projects (click to read):

Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability

Mapping Access

Enlivened City: public bodies, healthy spaces, livable worlds

Public and digital scholarship



My projects have been funded by the following sources:

Building Access:

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, “Spaces of Inquiry” sub-field (2010)

Lemelson Center Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (in residence summer 2012)

Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (February 2012)


Mapping Access and Critical Design Lab:

National Humanities Alliance

Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, Vanderbilt University

Library Dean’s Fellowship, Vanderbilt University

Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt University

Arts and Humanities Rapid Response Grant, Vanderbilt University


Enlivened City:

Research Scholar Grant, Sabbatical Funding, Vanderbilt University


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