I am a comparative cultural and religious studies scholar whose academic interests explore the impact of multispecies ontology on relationship to land and place. My research interests center on cosmological and ritual expressions of ontological ambiguity between humans and other-than-human beings in place.
I am a current Ph.D. graduate in Philosophy of Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a concentration in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion. I am also the co-founder of the religion and ecology educational non-profit, the Deep-Water Initiative. My graduate research explored Indigenous and decolonial approaches to environmental engagement, focusing on the ontological ambiguity of human-animal relationships in hunter-gatherer cosmology in southern Africa. I have organized and presented at numerous academic conferences in North America on various topics, including human-animal relations, religion and ecology, world-ecology, other ways of being, decolonial methods and studies, and the Primal and Indigenous perspectives on religious rites and practices.
South African born and raised, my professional background is as a communications specialist and educator in a diverse range of fields and spans fifteen years of experience in educational media, corporate communications, and agricultural education and development. I received a B.A. in film production from the internationally award-winning film school AFDA in South Africa and an M.A. in Middle Eastern History from Tel-Aviv University. I have worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and in 2017, relocated to the U.S.
I am passionate about effecting social change through communal engagement with artistic mediums of cultural expression, storytelling, and ritual connection to place.