Diné Energy Politics  Standing Rock/NoDAPL  Southern Appalachia

The mountains where I live and work, take care of my children and my sheep, are not my original home but are increasingly part of my intellectual-political formation as a political ecologist. Since moving in 2011 (from Beijing) to Boone and then to Ashe County, North Carolina, I have been engaged in the slow work of learning to understand the eclectic lifeways of my rural neighbors, and the water:energy nexus in these mountains. I am presently involved in two new emerging research projects in Appalachia, a collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other humanities and social scientist researchers at Appalachian State University; and an Appalachian Land Study project.