Michelle J Garvey
Michelle J. Garvey is a teaching specialist in Gender, Women, & Studies at the University of Minnesota. An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Garvey teaches courses in GWSS, Sustainability Studies, and English, ranging in such diverse topics as feminist science studies, environmental studies, eco-social justice movements, art theory, popular culture, and public discourse. As an educator, Dr. Garvey employs innovative pedagogical strategies toward self-designed course content to develop students’ critical analysis skills, foster openness to multi-disciplinary epistemologies, and ignite a sense of agency in students as academic-citizens. The overriding concern that propels Dr. Garvey’s research is what types of natures should be created and sustained in response to climate change. Using material feminist theory, environmental justice scholarship, and cutting edge research on novel ecosystems in the Anthropocene, her work investigates the drawbacks and potentialities of ecological restoration. Ultimately, she argues for a justice-oriented approach to repairing and refashioning landscapes so that they may effectively confront the biosocial causes of injustice and environmental degradation.