Dr. Kwasi Densu is an assistant professor of political science in the College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities with research interests in environmental politics, agrarian social movements and Africana political theory. As an Assistant Faculty Director of the Sustainability Institute, Dr. Densu leads the sustainability curriculum integration effort and helps to steer multi-stakeholder engagement through the Indaba Focus Teams.
Dr. Densu has worked at FAMU since 2008 in the department of history, political science, geography and African American studies. Growing up in Philadelphia, PA., Dr. Densu has always had an interest in nature and farming, and chose to attend the Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences to further his knowledge in the field. “In the morning we did regular academics. In the afternoon, we went to farm,” recalled Densu. From horses to rats, guinea pigs and snakes, Dr. Densu was exposed to a wide range of animals early on. However, it was the activism in his family and the black community that shifted his focus to other pressing issues. During his undergraduate career at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Dr. Densu changed his major to Political Science after briefly studying biology. And in graduate school at Clark Atlanta University, he studied political ecology, focusing on the relationship between politics, environmentalism and black agrarianism. His desire to “teach at an HBCU that’s a land grant near a rural area” brought him to FAMU, furthering his research in sustainability and conditions of black people. Throughout his tenure at FAMU, Dr. Densu has been involved in various sustainability initiatives, including sustainability planning and curriculum development on campus and community gardening and environmental activism in South Side Tallahassee.