Dr. Melissa Checker is the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and a faculty member in the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center. Her research focuses on environmental justice, urban sustainability in the United States, the social justice implications of the green economy and grassroots activism. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice (Cambridge U Press, 2014). Her 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 currently 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. She was a founding co-editor of the "Public Anthropology Reviews" section of American Anthropologist.