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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Kishi Animashaun Ducre’s Biosketch

Kishi Animashaun Ducre

A scholar-activist, Professor Kishi Animashaun Ducre has been a faculty member in the Department of African American Studies since 2005. Before coming to A&S, she was an advocate for environmental justice for over two decades, including as a campaigner for Greenpeace.

Ducre combines experience born of the front lines of the environmental justice movement with academic training in geographic information systems and demography for a unique and gendered perspective on economic and environmental inequality.

She has taught courses such as:

  • Environmental Justice
  • U.S. Racial Residential Segregation
  • Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class, Gender & Disaster
  • African American Foodways
  • Research Methods
  • Feminist Epistemologies

Ducre has written and co-edited books about justice and curated photography exhibitions based upon community-based arts research known as Photovoice, a qualitative methodology used in her book, “A Place We Call Home: Race, Gender, and Justice in Syracuse” (SU Press, 2012).

Her teaching philosophy is based on Paulo Freire’s concept of liberatory pedagogy—knowledge as a form of empowerment.

Ducre was named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion by Dean Karin Ruhlandt in 2018.