About Me

I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. My research interests are health, water resources, political ecology, science and technology studies, participatory methods, development studies, and Central Asia and the Middle East.

I am a co-founder of the Seeing Beyond Catastrophe project which seeks to re-frame and creatively re-imagine alternative futures in the Aral Sea region.

Prior to beginning my PhD, I was a research associate at the Water Institute at UNC conducting applied research on water, sanitation and hygiene.

I have also worked as a theater stage manager and technical director in Turkey and Scotland, English as a Second Language teacher in Turkey, and biochemistry lab assistant.


PhD, Geography, University of Oregon, Expected 2023
MPH, Epidemiology & International Health, University of Michigan, 2013
MA, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan, 2013
BA, Public Policy, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2006


Email: kfs [at] uoregon [dot] edu