I am a transdisciplinary scholar, storyteller, and educator at the intersection of ecology, spirituality, and culture. My work explores the environmental significance of Indigenous and decolonial perspectives on multispecies ontology, more-than-human personhood, and cultural sovereignty. South African born and raised in an ethnically mixed family, I identify as a transnational scholar who forms part of the Global Majority (human and more-than-human).
I graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where I applied decolonial approaches to the narrative-based analysis of environmental engagement – focused on the ontological ambiguity of human-animal relationships in hunter-gatherer cosmology in Southern Africa.
Before completing my Ph.D., I spent twenty years working in documentary film, educational media, and communications across Africa, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. I received a B.A. in film production from AFDA in South Africa and an M.A. in Middle Eastern History from Tel-Aviv University.
I am an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Randolph-Macon College, Adjunct Faculty at CIIS, and the co-founder of the Deep-Water Initiative educational non-profit.
I reside in Afton, Virginia, on the traditional homelands and waterways of the Monacan Nation.