Dr. Michelle Larkins

Dr. Michelle Larkins
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Justice
  • Gender and Environment
  • Community Engagement and Community-based research
  • Sustainable Agrifood Systems
  • Teaching and Learning of Sustainability


  • Ph.D. Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, 2017
  • M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2011
  • BA: Environmental Policy, Michigan State University, 2005


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About Dr. Michelle Larkins

Dr. Larkins' research focuses in two primary areas: (1) intersectional approaches to environmental justice, particularly working with communities on food and natural resource livelihood concerns; and (2) equitable and inclusive approaches to the teaching and learning of sustainability and environmental studies. Dr. Larkins earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2017, where she worked with Latinx promotoras and other women environmental justice leaders in Colorado and New Mexico to understand the impact of gender, ethnicity, place and migration on food justice outcomes.

Other projects include working with women smallholder farmers in Malawi, Africa on gender equity and food security initiatives as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) team, and working with farmers and low-income community members at Superfund sites whose livelihoods were threatened by dioxin pollution to increase the visibility of their needs to federal agencies. Prior to joining Fort Lewis College, she was on the faculty at Pacific University in Oregon.


Larkins, M. 2021. Keeping it Local: the continued relevance of place-based studies for environmental justice research and praxis. Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene: From (Un)Just Present to Just Future. Routledge

Annes, A., Wright, W., and Larkins, M. 2020 'A woman in charge of the farm': French women farmers challenge hegemonic masculinity. Sociologia Ruralis

Larkins, M. 2018 Complicating communities: an intersectional approach to women’s environmental justice narratives in the Rocky Mountain West. Environmental Sociology, 4(1), 67-78.

Larkins, M., Wright, W., & Dann, S. 2018 Sustainability and engagement: strange bedfellows in the undergraduate textbook. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Me-Nsope, N. and Larkins, M. 2016 Beyond crop production: Gender relations along the pigeon pea value chain and implications for income and food security in Malawi. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. 1(3) 1-22


Larkins, M. 2021 (panelist). "Expanding opportunities: Diversifying Students and Faculty in Environmental Studies Departments." Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Virtual.

Larkins, M. 2021. "Tackling Wicked Problems Through Transparent Teaching," Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Virtual.

Larkins, M. 2020. “What’s Missing in Environmental Science and Studies, and What to do About It.” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Virtual, Pace University, New York.

Larkins, M. 2019. “Making Space: Intersectional Approaches for Women’s Empowerment in Community Food Security.” Feminization of Agriculture, Toulouse, France.

Larkins, M., Rodriguez, N., and Watanabe, A. 2019. “Integrating Justice, Addressing Environmental Privilege in Higher Education.” Washington and Oregon Higher Education in Sustainability Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Larkins, M. 2017."Praxis Potentiality: Intersectionality and Circumstantial Activism." National Women's Studies Association, Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland.

Larkins, M. 2017. "New Methodologies for Environmental Justice." Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium. Fort Collins, Colorado.