Ph.D., Geography, University of California, DavisM.S., International Agricultural Development, University of California, DavisB.S., International Soil and Crop SciencesB.A., French Languages and Literature
Kristin Reynolds is a part-time faculty member in Environmental Studies and Food Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Geography (2010), an M.S. in International Agricultural Development (2005) from the University of California, Davis; and bachelor’s degrees in International Soil and Crop Sciences and French from Colorado State University (2000). While at the University of California, she worked at the UC Small Farm Program, a Cooperative Extension program, and collaborated in designing the first Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems undergraduate major at a Land Grant university. She first joined The New School’s Environmental Studies program in 2010 as Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Urban Food Systems has since continued to teach in the program, in addition to teaching in the Food Studies program.Reynolds’ current research focuses on the intersections between urban agriculture, social and environmental justice, action research, and the contribution of scholarship to social change. These are the topics of her forthcoming book Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (University of Georgia Press, co-authored with Environmental Studies faculty member Nevin Cohen). She was also a co-author of Five Borough Farm, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space. Reynolds’ courses include Urban Agriculture and Food Activism; Social Justice in the Food System; and Women, Food, and Agroecosystems, many of which regularly feature collaborations with community-based urban agriculture and non-profit organizations. In addition to research and teaching at The New School, Reynolds teaches at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and consults with various non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. Recent projects have included participatory evaluation of community food programming with Groundwork Hudson Valley in Yonkers, NY and program design for a new Associate’s in food studies major at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx.
Social Justice in the Food SystemUrban Agriculture and Food ActivismAction Research and Urban AgricultureWomen, Food, and Agroecosystems
Cohen, N. and Reynolds, K. (2014). Urban agriculture policy making in New York’s ‘New Political Spaces’: Strategizing for a Participatory and Representative System. Journal of Planning and Education Research.Reynolds, K. (2014). Disparity despite diversity: social injustice in New York City’s urban agriculture system. Antipode.Cohen, N., Reynolds, K., and Sanghvi, R., (2012). Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City. Design Trust for Public Space: New York, NY.Reynolds, K., (2011). Expanding technical assistance for urban agriculture: Best practices for extension services in California and beyond. Advance online publication. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
Urban agriculture; sustainable food systems; social and environmental justice; anti-racism/anti-oppression; action research; scholar activism.
American Association of GeographersAgriculture, Food, and Human Values SocietyResearch Justice CollectiveJournal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (editorial board)
“Agriculture urbaine et la justice sociale: le cas de New York.” Invited presentation at L'Ecole d'Eté sur L'Agriculture Urbaine, Univ. du Québec à Montréal. Aug. 12-16, 2013.“L'agriculture urbaine dans le Bay Area.” Invited presentation with N. McClintock at L'Ecole d'Eté sur L'Agriculture Urbaine, Univ. du Québec à Montréal. Aug. 12-16, 2013.“Beyond the kale: urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City.” Presented at Agriculture and Human Values conference, East Lansing, MI. June 20-24, 2013.“Emboldening urban agriculture for social justice in New York City: Performativity of knowledge and activist praxes” Presented in ‘Making alternative food networks work: hitching the horse of critique to the wagon of improvement’ session at American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA. April 9-13, 2013.
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