I am a comparative cultural and religious studies scholar at the intersection of ecology and culture. My current academic interests explore metaphysical expressions of ontological ambiguity from a multispecies and transspecies perspective of personhood.
In 2021 I graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a concentration in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion. Using ethnographic and filmographic materials, my research inquiry undertook a metaphysical narrative-based analysis of Indigenous and decolonial approaches to environmental engagement, focused on the ontological ambiguity of human-animal relationships in hunter-gatherer cosmology in southern Africa.
South African born and raised, my professional background spans twenty years of experience in educational film and media, communications, and business development relations. I am also the co-founder of the educational non-profit, the Deep-Water Initiative.
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, where I studied the evolution of modern media in the Middle East.