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PhD, CUNY Graduate Center (2006)

Teaching Specializations/Interests

American Politics, Food Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods, writing. Currently coordinator of Adelphi University's Collaboration Project http://community.adelphi.edu/collaboration-project/ and proud member of the Frances Perkins Forum http://www.adelphi.edu/frances-perkins/

Research Interests

Gray’s work focuses on low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry and their political, social, and economic opportunities. She has published academic and policy pieces. Gray also has a decade’s experience working for nonprofits on economic justice. Primarily focused on the power structure faced marginalized workers, her research interests lie at the intersection of labor, immigration, food studies, and nonprofit advocacy.

Grants/Sponsored Research

2012: Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant

2009: Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant

2005-2006: Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellow, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Stony Brook University.


Margaret Gray (2014). Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

WINNER of the 2014 Book of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. (2014).

Brian Lehrer Show (2014). interview by Manoush Zomorodi. April 18.

Review in Dissent Magazine (2014). Limits of the Locavore by L.V. Anderson.

Cover to Cover on KPFA (2014). interview by Denny Smithson.

Artistic/Creative Work

"Heritage Radio Network "Community Sessions" Panel Discussion: Justice for Farmworkers http://www.heritageradionetwork.com/archives?tag=Maggie+Gray". Brookyn, NY. April 2013.

Book Chapters

Gray, Margaret (2011). Movimento per un’alimentazione Sostenible ed Economia Politica del Lavoro (The Sustainable Food Movement and the Political Economy of Labor). In Federico Chicchi and Emanuele Leonardi (Eds.). Lavoro in Frantumi: Condizione Precaria, Nuovi Conflitti e Regime Neoliberista (Work in Crisis: Precarious conditions, New Conflicts and Neoliberal Regime). (pp. 38-46). Verona, Italy: Ombre Corte.

Gray, Margaret (2010). How Latin American Inequality Becomes Latino Inequality: A Case Study of Hudson Valley Farmworkers. In Paul Gootenberg and Luis Reygades (Eds.). Indelible Inequalities in Latin America: Insights from History, Politics and Culture. (pp. 169-192). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Gray, Margaret (2007). Mechanics of Empowerment: Migrant Farmworker Advocacy. In Emory Eliot, Jasmine Payne, and Patricia Ploesch (Eds.). Global Migration, Social Change, and Cultural Transformation. (pp. 207-224). New York: Palgrave-MacMillan Press.

Refereed Articles

Pole, Antoinette and Margaret Gray (2013), Farming Alone? What's Up with the "C" in Community Supported Agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values, (30), 85-100.

Gray, Margaret and Shareen Hertel (2009), Immigrant Farmworker Advocacy: The Dynamics of Organizing. Polity, 41(4), 409-435.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Gray, Margaret (2012, March). Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program. Williamstown, MA.

Gray, Margaret (2011, September). Sustainable for Whom? Social Justice and the Locavore Movement. Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

Gray, Margaret (2011, April). Migrant Rights in an Era of Globalization: The Mexico-US Case. The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Chicago, IL.

Gray, Margaret (2011, March). Whose Food Movement? Critical Questions, Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy. Providence, RI.

Gray, Margaret (2010, November). Lavoro in Frantumi: Vita, Lavoro e Conflitto Sociale Nell’Orizzonte del Capitalismo Biopolitico (Work in Crisis: Life, labor and Social Conflict in the Era of Biopolitical Capitalism). University of Bologna, Department of Political Science, Bologna, Italy.

Gray, Margaret (2010, May). Farmworkers’ Rights and Preserving Small Farms: A Conversation about the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, New York, NY.

Gray, Margaret (2009, April). Hate Crimes and Immigration on Long Island, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center at Stony Brook University. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2008, September). El Segundo Encuentro de Latinidades, Convenio Andres Bello. Tijuana, Mexico.

Gray, Margaret (2008, August). American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements Section mini-conference on Race, Labor, and Empire. Boston.

Gray, Margaret (2008, March). Discussant for Columbia University Seminar: Women and Society, (For a paper presented by Helena Schwenken.). New York.

Gray, Margaret (2007, December). Good Food Now, Just Food's Regional Summit on Food, Farms, and Community Health. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2007, November). Local Struggles: Immigrants, Latinos and Rights in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, conference sponsored by the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University. New Jersey.

Gray, Margaret (2006, May). Inexorable Inequalities? New Perspectives on Latin American Inequalities, Plenary Fellows Workshop of the Rockefeller Residential Program, "Durable Inequalities in Latin America: Histories, Societies, Culture," Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Stony. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006, March). Farmingville Revisited: Hispanic Immigration on Long Island, conference sponsored by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006, March). New Neighbors: Hispanic Migration and Immigration to Westchester County, conference sponsored by Fordham College of Liberal Studies. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006, March). World Affairs Lecture, Fashion Institute of Technology. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006, February). Sociology Department and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Stony Brook University. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006, January). Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside. California.

Gray, Margaret (2005, March). Cultural Studies Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. North Carolina.

Gray, Margaret (1969, December). Sustainable for Whom: Farmworkers and the Locavore Movement. Molloy College Institute for Lifelong Learning. Rockville Centre, NY.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Margaret Gray (2013). Labor and the Locavore: Engaging Consumers in Farmworker Advocacy. In Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO.

Margaret Gray (2013). Questioning the Agrarian Ideal: Local Food and Farm Labor. In Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress. Washington DC.

Pole, Antoinette & Margaret Gray (2011). What's up with the "C" in CSA? Examining community in Community Supported Agriculture. In Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. Missoula, MT.

Gray, Margaret (2010). Sustainable for whom? Social Justice and the Locavore Food Movement. In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (pp. 21). Washington, D.C..

Gray, Margaret and Traci Levy (2008). Transnational Workers, Inequality, and Household Structure. In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Gray, Margaret and Shareen Hertel (2007). Immigrant Farmworker Advocacy: The Dynamics of Organizing. In The Latin American Studies Association XXVII International Congress. Montreal.

Gray, Margaret (2007). Reproducing Inequality on the Farm: Race, Power, and Hiring. In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago.

Gray, Margaret (2007). Immigration, Race, and Job Replacement in the Agricultural Workplace. In American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2007). Organizing Low Wage Workers. In The Left Forum Annual Meeting. New York.

Gray, Margaret (2006). They Just Showed Up’: Ethnic Succession and Inequality in the Agricultural Workplace. In The Diaspora: African American/African, Caribbean, and Latino Legacies in the Northeast, The First World Alumni Chapter of SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, Department of Black Studies, and Latin American Studies Program. New Paltz.

Gray, Margaret (2005). New York Farmworker Quiescence and Transnational Migrant Homes. In American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work


Gray, Margaret. Review of Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement by Marshall Ganz and Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx by Celina Su. Perspectives on Politics, vol. 8 no. 3: 952-954. September 2010.

Gray, Margaret. Review of America's New Working Class: Race, Gender and Ethnicity in a Biopolitical Age by Kathleen Arnold. Political Science Quarterly, vol. 124 no. 2: 359-360. Summer 2009.


Gray, Margaret. "The Hudson Valley Farmworker Report," Migrant Labor Project, Bard College. October 2007. http://events.adelphi.edu/news/farmworkers/

Decena, Carlos and Margaret Gray. eds. The Border Next Door: New York Migraciones, Social Text, vol. 24 no. 3 (88). Fall 2006. http://www.dukeupress.edu/books.php3?isbn=8223-6661-4

Decena, Carlos and Margaret Gray. "Introduction," in The Border Next Door: New York Migraciones, Social Text, vol. 24 no. 3 (88): 1-12. Fall 2006. http://socialtext.dukejournals.org/cgi/pdf_extract/24/3...