A little bit more about me…
Bethany N. Bella is a feminist-environmental geographer researching critical environmental justices, with an intended focus of North American indigenous rights, narratives, and histories.
I will graduate in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in ‘Feminist Political Ecology’ [Environmental Geography and Women’s & Gender Studies concentrations], a minor from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate.
I work as a Research Scholar in Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, writing stories and coordinating media coverage for the Energy & Environment team.
I self-publish my own poetry, which is available on my Lulu platform, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. I am an outdoors advocate, a steadfast lover of reading (and collecting too many) books, and I prefer drinking black coffee with good conversation.
My favorite pastimes include laughing with my friends, traveling to gain new perspectives, and practicing yoga. In this life, I aspire to become a certified yoga instructor, an informal holistic health counselor, and an academic instructor in feminist-environmental geography.
My passions include: researching with a ‘gender lens’ in environmental change science; incorporating environmental justice and indigenous rights perspectives in my research; sustainable food systems studies; understanding environmental history; and being relentlessly positive, even in the face of adversity.
My clarity at the current moment has come from years of introspection, and time. My own story has been formatively shaped by a series of crippling health failures, and a commitment to heal myself before I can try to heal the world around me.
I have been very candid throughout my recovery process on my blog ‘Body Mind Bella.‘ I share my words, thoughts, and emotions not only as a way to overcome my own fears but as a way to share stories with you, my readers. I have always been a storyteller at heart.
I see myself as a participatory action researcher and activist on issues of environmental change. I aim to continue my love for qualitative research in the academy, producing documentary photos and videos as compelling additions to interview-based narratives and qualitative research.
The personal, and the political. The ecological, and the anthropological. These seemingly disparate perspectives, I have found through both my research and my ‘real life’ experiences, are not as divergent as we may initially assume.
My journey to this discovery has been tumultuous, excruciating, fascinating, and humbling. Come join me, as I continue to share this story of the human-environment intersection.