Justine has a B.A. from New York University in African Studies and has worked for development organizations including the Wilson Center and Winrock International before coming to Cornell.
She is interested in the ways in which spatially underprivileged and marginalized urban citizens make claims to rights through their participation in urban food production and food system work that rebuilds, remakes, and re-imagines city spaces.
Her current research explores the food system in Cleveland as a lens on racial inequalities in the city, and the ways in which communities work within the food system to create spaces that are more equitable. Her theoretical approach is rooted in critical urban political ecology and critical geographies of race and food, which help to inform the ethnographic and community based methods she employs.