Kristin Reynolds


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Faculty Support
Alyse Putnam, 203-432-9794

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



Ph.D., University of California, Davis
M.S., University of California, Davis
B.S., Colorado State University
B.A., Colorado State University.

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Kristin Reynolds is a food systems researcher and educator based in New York City. She teaches courses on food and the environment, urban food systems, and food justice, primarily in the Environmental Studies and Food Studies programs at The New School in Manhattan. She also consults on food systems curriculum development and program evaluation, and most recently played a key role in developing a first-of-its-kind associate in science degree program in Food Studies at Hostos Community College (a part of the City University of New York and located in the South Bronx).

Reynolds’ research centers on urban agriculture and social justice. Her forthcoming book Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (to be published by the University of Georgia Press’ Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series in spring 2016) examines the work of farmers and gardeners using urban food production to dismantle oppression in food and environmental systems. Two goals of the book are to highlight the work of people of color and working class people in New York’s urban agriculture system, and to help create new collaborations between academic researchers and community-based activists.

Dr. Reynolds has worked with many community-based non-profit organizations and family farms through her research and teaching. These include: La Finca del Sur in the South Bronx; EcoStation:NY, BK Farmyards, and Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn; Harlem Grown in Manhattan; and Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, where she serves on the board of directors of the Soul Fire Farm Institute. She has also led participatory evaluation for USDA-funded urban food systems projects in New York and California and is in the process of developing a participatory evaluation corps to help youth activists develop research skills while facilitating data collection and analysis for grassroots food and environmental organizations.

Reynolds has a Ph.D. in Geography and M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis, and bachelor’s degrees in International Soil and Crop Sciences and French Language and Literature from Colorado State University.