Matt’s research uses qualitative methods to study social and environmental problems in rural and (sub)urban places. With funding from the National Science Foundation (Award #1946941), he conducted dissertation research with hop farmers operating in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and across the Midwest. That project studied the practices of these unique farmers as a case example to better understand the generalizable relationships between agricultural innovation, technological change, and environmental outcomes. Matt completed his PhD at the University of Kansas in 2022. Before taking a position at the National Farm Medicine Research Center, he worked a research assistant at the KU Surveillance Studies Research Center.