National Geographic Explorer • Fulbright-Nehru Fellow
I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a BS degree in Emerging Media, a cross-disciplinary field of studies that combines journalism and computer science, and dual minors in Web Programming and Honors Curricula. As a multimedia storyteller, I was awarded a Park Scholarship, a selective, merit-based award for future communications professionals. While studying in India, I produced my first documentary film, Taming the Teesta, which explores the effects of hydroelectric damming on Sikkim’s Teesta River. The film has been featured in film festivals across the United States and India. This experience, coupled with a lifetime of exploring water issues near my hometown in the desert Southwest, sparked my strong interest in advocating for increased, equitable access to water and the conservation of riverine ecosystems around the world.
At Ithaca College, my research and publications focused on racial issues and, in particular, deconstructing the idea of “whiteness.” I created and directed a literary project at the MacCormick Secure Center, a detention facility for young men in upstate New York, which involved leading the residents in weekly writing sessions and producing a final literary magazine containing the inmates’ prose.
I have wide-ranging experience as a field researcher, focusing on the diverse artistic traditions of Himalayan peoples in Leh, Ladakh; the varying effects of new media technologies on rural and urban populations in northern Myanmar; and urban water supply failures and opportunities in Jaipur. I have worked as a whitewater river guide on Morocco’s remote Ahansal River and, in 2013, completed a 19-day through-run of the 500-mile-long Colorado Trail.
I am currently based in Jaipur, India,
producing a series of short documentaries as a Fulbright Scholar,
planning for Glen Canyon Rediscovered, a National Geographic Society-sponsored project in Southern Utah.
During the last few years I
produced, shot and edited the widely-viewed documentary, Taming the Teesta;
designed and coded interactive web features on food waste, drone warfare and avalanche fatalities;
explored the social-entrepreneurial world with my venture, Lanapo;
worked at Teton Gravity Research and IdeaLondon;
published writing regarding the process of humanization, the contextualization of whiteness and the deconstruction of privilege.