Dr. Shannon Kincaid's Biography

Professor Kincaid was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. He grew up in several towns 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, he worked as a line cook in several area restaurants, and dabbled in photography, cinematography, and electronics. Dissatisfied with their initial experiences in a university setting, he and his future wife moved to New York City in 1987.

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

Seeing that their career options would always be limited without college degrees, Kincaid and his wife left their jobs to return to school full-time. Initially wanting to become a social studies teacher, he had started to develop a deep interest in issues of morality and social justice, and decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the State University of New York College at Cortland, where he graduated summa cum laude. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY/Buffalo in 1999, defending a dissertation that analyzed the relationships between democracy, morality, and culture.

After graduation, Kincaid and his family returned to New York City, where he taught at several colleges and universities (including Brooklyn College, Concordia College, and the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising). Professor Kincaid has also published and presented several papers in democratic theory, and his current research interests focus on issues of moral development, democratic institutions, and urban environments.Now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Social Sciences Department at Queensborough Community College/City University of New York, he currently lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife and son.