Danielle Purifoy (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is a lawyer and a geographer. She recently completed a PhD in Environmental Politics and African American Studies at Duke University. She has a BA in English and Political Science from Vassar College, and a JD from Harvard Law School. Her current research focuses on the historic roots of contemporary environmental conditions in the U.S. South, specifically in black towns dating back to the post-Bellum era. She’s also written about the legal dimensions of environmental justice and equity in food systems. She is an editor at Scalawag, a magazine devoted to Southern politics and culture, and a board member of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network.