A little bit more about me…
Bethany N. Bella is a storyteller and an environmental geographer researching feminist political ecology.
I navigate the intersection of human society and the surrounding environment through creative projects and journalistic scholarship.
I graduated 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 from Ohio University in May 2018.
My research interests include: analyzing environmental change science and knowledge production with feminist theory; incorporating environmental justice, postcolonial realities, and indigenous rights in my research; understanding environmental history; and recognizing agency, even in the face of adversity.
Previous research themes have included: ecotourism and women’s empowerment; environmental contamination and women’s bodies; agroecological practices and pesticide contamination; and the permeability of the human body.
I worked for 3 years 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 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.