Name: Dr. Justin Sean Myers
Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office Location: Dyson 340
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2423
Degrees Held:

B.A. Sociology, Sonoma State University
M.A. Sociology, San Diego State University
Ph.D. Sociology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York 


Born and raised in California, I came to Marist College in 2013 by way of Brooklyn, New York, where I completed my dissertation on the food justice organization East New York Farms!, documenting their efforts to counter institutional racism and planned underdevelopment through community-led urban agriculture.  As an environmental sociologist, my work investigates how cultural, political, and economic relations structure human interaction with the environment. Drawing upon the environmental justice and food justice literature I explore how the social organization of power between individuals, groups, and institutions shapes the distribution of environmental benefits and costs along the groupings of race, class and gender.  Additionally, my work concentrates on how communities are responding to socio-environmental change and the conflicts, between and within communities, corporations, and the state over the conditions of change.  Outside of work you will find me hiking, biking, kayaking, and foraging in the lovely Hudson Valley.


2013.  “The Logic of the Gift: The Possibilities and Limitations of Carlo Petrini's Slow Food Alternative.” Agriculture & Human Values 30(3): 405-415.

2013. “The Sociology of Food” in 10 Lessons in Introductory Sociology, eds. Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis.  New York: Oxford.

2011. Introduction to “Who Owns America?: Minority Land and Community Security” by Winona LaDuke, Pp. 417-419 in People, Power, Politics (Eleventh edition), ed. Alfonso Gaston.  Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

2011.  “Ecofeminism/Ecological Feminism.” In Green Ethics and Philosophy, edited by Julie Newman.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Research Interests:

Environmental justice and food justice movements; local and alternative food movements; urban agriculture, alternative economies, social inequality, social justice.


American Sociological Association

American Association of Geographers