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Melissa Checker
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

U.S. social movements, race, class and ethnicity in the U.S. urban environmentalism, environmental justice and climate justice.

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Phone: 718-997-5148
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Research Interests

Dr. Checker's research interests focus on environmental justice, urban sustainability in the United States, the social justice implications of the green economy and social movements. .

Dr. Checker received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2002 from New York University, where she also received her MA and MPhil. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Her current focus is on environmental justice activism in an era of dual ecological and economic crisis. She is conducting ethnographic research on extended struggles and strategies for environmental justice in the U.S. South, and on the relationship between environmental justice activism and sustainable policies and practices in New York City.


Her most recent book Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press, 2005) won the 2007 Association for Humanistic Sociology Book Award and was a finalist for the Julian Steward Award and the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize.

She also co-edited (with Maggie Fishman) Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life (Columbia U Press, 2004), and has authored a number of academic articles and book chapters as well as articles for popular magazines and newspapers.

She is also co-editor (along with Alaka Wali and David Vine) of the "Public Anthropology Reviews" section of American Anthropologist.

Prof. Checker serves as Director of the Environmental Studies Program for the Department. She also coordinates the Department's Service Learning Program.



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