About Me

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RSummer

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently writing a dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. William Cronon, about the history of alleys as public space in Washington, DC and the role they play in urban development, social life, and neighborhood change. My other areas of focus in urban and historical geography include research on gentrification, environmental justice, and historic preservation.

At UW-Madison, I am active in the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). I currently serve as the Managing Editor of Edge Effects, CHE's digital magazine of environmental humanities.

I received my MS in Geography from UW-Madison and my BA in American Studies from Yale University. I grew up in Washington DC, and I have lived and worked in New Haven, CT, Louisville, KY, Denver, CO, and Madison WI.