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 along the North Fork of the New River, where we live, to better understand the water:energy nexus of this region. I am presently involved in designing a new research and teaching projects in Appalachia, in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and other humanities, education, and social scientist scholars at Appalachian State University.