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Kishi Ducre

Kishi Ducre

Kishi Ducre

Associate Professor, Assistant Director - Center for Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice


African American Studies
212 Tolley Humanities Building
Office: 315.443.9354


Women's and Gender Studies

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Justice
  • African American Foodways
  • Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class, Gender, & Disaster
  • Sociology of the African American Experience
  • “There Goes the Neighborhood”: US Racial Residential Segregation
Research Interests

Environmental Justice; Black Feminist Geographies; Environmental Sociology; Community-Based Participatory Action Research; Photovoice.

Biographic Overview

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, and served until 2023.

Selected Publications

Racialized Spaces and the Emergence of Environmental Injustice (in) Echoes of Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Justice. Edited by Silvia Washington, Paul Rosier, and Heather Goodall. forthcoming

Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Poisoning and Imprisoning Youth, (co-edited with Anthony K. Nocella and Johnny Lupinacci) Palgrave McMillan, 2016

“Race(ing) to the Baby Market: The Political Economy of Overcoming Infertility” in Motherhood 2.0: Consumption, Communication, and Mothering in the Twenty-first Century (editors Jennifer L. Borda, Anne T. Demo, and Charlotte H. Krolokke), University of Alabama Press, 2015

A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, 2012

“Extending Timeline of Environmental Justice Claims: Redlining Map Digitization Project” (co-authored with Eli Moore) Environmental Practice Journal 13 (4), December 2011: 325-339.

“Katrina as Postscript to Racialized Spaces in Louisiana” in Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy and Hurricane Katrina Crisis Reader (editors Manning Marable, Ian Steinberg, and Kristen Clarke-Avery), Palgrave MacMillan, 2008

A Commitment to A&S Excellence

(Aug. 21, 2023)

Dean Mortazavi recognizes Kishi Animashaun Ducre and Alan Middleton, outgoing associate deans, for their achievements in fostering equity and inclusion and research excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

NYS Governor Appoints A&S Professor Kishi Ducre to 400 Years of African American History Commission

(March 4, 2022)

The 15-member committee will help to educate the public about the history of racism and contributions of African Americans since 1619.

College Appoints Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

(Sept. 19, 2018)

Kishi Animashaun Ducre to further intellectual climate of dignity, respect

Teach-In to Explore Linkages Between Charlottesville Rally, Everyday Racism Oct. 3

(Sept. 29, 2017)

Faculty panelists will address issues of history, public memory, resistance