Kristin Reynolds




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


Kristin Reynolds is a critical food geographer based in New York City. Her work focuses on the intersections of urban food systems; social justice; and food policy at multiple scales. She uses action research frameworks to connect social scientific inquiry to sociopolitical change.

Dr. Reynolds' recent book Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (University of Georgia Press’ Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series, 2016, with Nevin Cohen) 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. Current research includes: a comparative study of commercial urban agriculture policy changes in Paris and New York; and an emerging project that examines networks of heirloom grain producers, specialty bakers, small scale farmers, and participatory research dynamics in France.

As an action-researcher, Dr. Reynolds has worked with many community-based non-profit organizations and family farms. 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 leads participatory evaluation for food and environmental organizations, including current projects with Groundwork Hudson Valley in Yonkers, NY (NOAA-funded climate change education); Farm School NYC (USDA-funded urban agriculture training) and Soul Fire Farm.

Dr. Reynolds teaches courses on urban food systems and environmental policy, primarily in the Environmental Studies and Food Studies and Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management programs at The New School in Manhattan. She teaches her course Social Justice in the Global Food System at F&ES each fall. She also consults on food systems curriculum development and program evaluation. She has played key roles 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) and a new program in Food Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis; and a B.S. in International Soil and Crop Sciences and B.A. in French Language and Literature from Colorado State University.