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April Karen Baptiste, PhD


April Karen Baptiste is a professor of Environmental Studies and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University. Her research interests includes environmental psychology, environmental justice, and natural resource management, with a focus on the Caribbean region and central NY. She has published in a number of leading environmental, Caribbean, and interdisciplinary journals, including Caribbean Geography, Geoforum, Area, The Black Scholar, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and the Annual Review of Environment and Resources to name a few. Her most recent book is Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Environmental Justice(2018). Prof. Baptiste’s new research is expanding to look at environmental worldviews in the insular Caribbean with a lens to understand what are the elements of Caribbean environmental worldview and the role of decoloniality in these worldviews. 

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April Karen Baptiste has a PhD from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as an MSc and BSc from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, her home country.


Dr. Baptiste is currently a full professor at Colgate University. She is serving a the next Associate Dean for Global and Local Initiatives.

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