Monica M. White is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice and holds a joint appointment in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community-based, food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Through an examination of community gardeners and urban farmers, this research provides an alternative perspective on the persistent representation of Detroit as a site of urban decay that is in ruins. Her most recent publications include, “D-Town Farm: African American Resistance to Food Insecurity and the Transformation of Detroit” in Environmental Practice (2011) Vol. 13, No. 4, and “Sisters of the Soil: Urban Gardening as Resistance Among Black Women in Detroit.” Race/Ethnicity: Multicultural Global Contexts (2011) Vol. 5, No. 1.