PhD Students

Jesann Gonzalez Cruz is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the IL lab. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Her research centers around intersections of identity and power across landscapes. Jesann is particularly interested in conservation politics as related to concepts of invasion, extinction, and control in Puerto Rico with a focus on the Coqui (a variety of frog species in the Eleutherodactylus genus) and Puerto Rican livelihoods. Past research involved developing conservation practices for indigenous cultural heritage in Belize farmlands. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. 

Jane Gross is a second-year M.S./first-year Ph.D. student in the in(Secure) Landscapes Lab. She has a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. Jane is interested in research around aging infrastructure, environmental health, and equitable land use and redevelopment in Illinois and the Midwest more broadly. For her M.S., she is currently researching the evolving standards for ethylene oxide, and the regulatory process for hazardous air pollutants in Illinois. For her Ph.D., she is working under the NSF-funded Co-Producing Community to examine agriculture governance and policy in Illinois.