Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Ph.D. is the new Director of the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties. Kishi Ducre (pronounced “Key-sha Doo-cree”) has authored works on environmental justice, feminism, and community-based research, including 2012 book A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse and 2016 co-edited volume entitled, Addressing Environmental and Food Justice Toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Poisoning and Imprisoning Youth. From 2005 to 2017, she served as Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of African American Studies (AAS) at Syracuse University. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to teach and conduct research at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies – St. Augustine. She received her PhD in the Environmental Justice Program of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment in 2005.
Dr. Ducre has been a committed advocate for environmental justice for over two decades. She has curated photography exhibitions based upon her community-based arts research known as photovoice: the “Damu Smith Memorial Environmental Justice Exhibition” at the Community Folk Art Center of the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University in 2007 and, “Our Community, Our Vision, Our Voices: East Port of Spain Photovoice Exhibition” debuted at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies in 2011.
This spring, Dr. Ducre taught an Introduction to Sociology course at Riverside Community College. Her teaching philosophy is based on the Paulo Freire’s concept of liberatory pedagogy; knowledge as a form of empowerment. This philosophy complements her commitment to scholar activism. Join us in a chorus of “Welcome”!