Dr. Shannon Kincaid's Biography

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. I grew up on the Arkansas/Missouri border in the Ozark Mountains, finally graduating from a small rural high school in Farmington, Arkansas. Throughout high school and into college, I worked as a line cook in several area restaurants, and dabbled in photography, cinematography, and electronics. Dissatisfied with my initial experiences in a university setting, I moved to New York City in the late 1980’s.

During my first years in New York, I slowly worked my way up in the restaurant industry, eventually serving as an executive chef in a Greenwich Village restaurant (Cajun/Creole), and finally, as the sous-chef of a large catering firm on Wall Street.

I left cooking to return to school full-time. Having developed a deep interest in issues of morality and social justice, and after deciding to pursue a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the State University of New York College at Cortland, I graduated summa cum laude.  I was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY/Buffalo in 1999, defending a dissertation that analyzed the relationships between democracy, morality, and culture.

I started my academic career at CUNY that same year, teaching both full and part time at Brooklyn College, and eventually reaching the rank of Associate Professor at Queensborough Community College.  My research and publications continue to focus on ethics, democratic institutions, and urban environments, and I’m deeply proud and honored to teach at Queensborough. 

I live in a massive housing project in Rego Park with my son (who is currently studying at LGCC) and our two cats.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.