Dr. Melissa Checker (PhD NYU, 2002) serves on the faculties of the PhD Program in Anthropology and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College. Her research focuses on grassroots environmental justice activism, the politics of urban sustainability, and voluntary relocation/managed retreat after technological and environmental disasters. She co-edited Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice (with Cynthia Isenhour and Gary McDonogh, Cambridge 2015). Her book manuscript, Sustainaphrenia: Environmental Gentrification and the Greening of the Big Apple is currently in process with NYU Press. She is also the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press, 2005) and co-edited Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life (with Maggie Fishman) Columbia U Press, 2004), In addition, she has authored a number of academic articles and book chapters, as well as articles for popular magazines and newspapers.