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Michael Classens


Assistant Professor


I am an Assistant Professor – Teaching Stream, in the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. My teaching, research and advocacy work are broadly motivated by commitments to social and environmental justice, particularly within the context of the food system. My current research agenda has two focus areas: critical sustainability pedagogy, and local food systems transformation. I’m co-editor (with Dr. Jennifer Sumner) on a forthcoming issue of Canadian Food Studies titled “Food systems pedagogy in Canada” (fall 2021), and the author of a forthcoming book, From dismal swamp to smiling farms: Food, agriculture and change in the Holland Marsh (UNC Press and UBC Press, fall 2021).