Student Research & Advising

I am currently accepting graduate students at both the MA and PhD level. If you have an interest in working with me please send me an email with your CV and a short summary of your potential research. If you are an undergraduate student seeking an honors thesis or undergraduate research advisor, please email me with a short summary of the research you are planning to conduct and make an appointment to meet with me or visit my office hours.

Current Students


Leiper, Chelsea (Geography) – Re-Wilding the Body in the Anthropocene: Lessons from the Microbiome and the Paleo Diet (Committee member)
This research focuses on two emergent topics in human health discourse that seek to restore the disrupted relationship between humans and “nature”/the non-human in the Anthropocene by redefining what constitutes a healthy body: the human microbiome and the Paleo Diet.

Obringer, Kelsey (Political Science and International Relations) – Nourishing the Resistance: Food as a Tool and Tactic for Political Action and Social Justice (Committee member)
An examination of how food is used as part of everyday practices of resistance comparing historical and contemporary mobilizations for civil rights in the U.S.

Thayer, Nathan (Geography) Reclaiming the Mountain: Bee-keeping and post-Coal futures in West Virginia (Committee Chair)
This PhD project is focused on the cultivation of new economic identities in former coal mining communities in Appalachia.

Undergraduate Students
Haley Stanko at poster exhibition

Haley Stanko at poster exhibition

Stanko, Haley (Geography) – Stakeholder Networks that Facilitate Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Food Justice – UDaily Article

Stanko, H., and Lindsay Naylor. “Facilitating (?) Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia: Sustainability Narratives in the Inequitable City.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 23, no. 4 (April 3, 2018): 468–84.

Completed Students


2018 – Barret, Jaime (Geography) – Dueling Conservation Perspectives?: The Whys and Why Not of Best Management Practice Adoption and How it Relates to Local Knowledge (Committee Member)

2018 – Speck, Samantha (Geography) – Risk Perceptions of the Mushroom Industry in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (Committee Chair); Mushroom Geography (UDaily, featured article)

2018 – Sundberg, Todd (Geography) – At the Intersection of Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in Wilmington, Delaware: Practices and Perceptions (Committee Chair)

Undergraduate Students

Jayme Soyak presents her research

2017 – Nasta, Hazel (Environmental Studies) – Food Access in Philadelphia; StoryMap

2018 – Soyak, Jayme (Geography) – Urban Agriculture and Youth Aging out of Foster Care Systems; Just A farm? Think again! UD Engage Article