Monica Marie White, Ph.D.
Garden Griot


Teaching Philosophy and Pedagogy 
Rooted in respect and awareness of race, class, gender, and nationality, my attraction to the field of sociology was ignited by the opportunity to study how social groups are formed, how norms are created, and how social structures are maintained and challenged.  My commitment to a life of learning has been enriched by my time with students and has driven me to assist others in this exploration.  Integral to my work in the classroom is an acceptance and appreciation of difference, an understanding of social structures and institutions, and confidence in the ability of groups to challenge these social structures for their benefit and others.  My approach to teaching is based on eliminating various barriers to education derived from racial, class and gender difference and making use of difference to create more significant and relevant educational experiences for students.

Courses taught:

Critical Race Theory                                                 Sociological Theory

Cultural Anthropology                                              Social Problems

Deviant Behavior                                                     Social Psychology

History of the Black Freedom Movement                     Social Stratification   

Introduction to Sociology                                         Social Movement Theory

Individual and Society                                              Urban Sociology

Research Methods (General and Qualitative)               Women, Gender and Society

Teaching interests:

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Social Movements, History of Urban/Community Gardening, Food Justice/Security/Sovereignty, Environmental Sociology