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Melissa Checker
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, NYU, 2002
Research Interests: Environmental racism, environmental justice activism, urban sustainability, green capitalism, environmental gentrification, participatory politics, middle class precarity, political ecology, urban U.S., U.S. South
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Melissa Checker (PhD NYU, 2002) serves on the faculties of the PhD Program in Anthropology and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College. Her research focuses on the politics of urban sustainability, environmental racism, grassroots activism, and managed retreat. Her book, The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice was published in 2020 (NYU Press).

She is also the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press, 2005) and co-editor of Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice (with Cynthia Isenhour and Gary McDonogh, Cambridge 2015) and Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life (with Maggie Fishman, Columbia U Press, 2004), In addition, she has authored a number of academic articles and book chapters, as well as articles for popular magazines and newspapers.