Karim-Aly S. Kassam

Natural Resources and the Environment/American Indian and Indigenous Studies
International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Contact Information

122 Fernow Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-9757

Karim-Aly S. Kassam

Natural Resources and the Environment/American Indian and Indigenous Studies
International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expertise

Adaptive sociocultural and ecological systems; Arctic studies; biocultural diversity; Central Asian studies; climate change; development studies; environmental justice; ethnobiology; food sovereignty; gender analysis; health sovereignty; human ecology; Indigenous and local knowledge; Indigenous studies; Islamic studies; natural resource policy; participatory action research; pluralism and ways of knowing

Current Research Interest

Developing anticipatory capacity (the ability to envision possible futures and to generate a collaborative dynamic plan to deal with livelihood and food insecurity) for human-induced climate change; specific questions informing research include 1) What if knowledge is not in our heads but in the relationships with our environment? 2) What if expertise is not enough for solving the major problems of the twenty-first century and difference (another way of thinking) is just as important? and 3) What if conservation of biodiversity depends on conservation of cultural diversity?

Distinction

Einaudi Center for International Studies Global Public Fellow
Cornell Botanic Gardens Faculty Fellow
University of Bayreuth (Germany) International Senior Research Fellowship
Cornell Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Award for Research and Teaching
Republic of Tajikistan Academy of Sciences Academician (only foreign elected member)

Selected Publications

Kassam, Karim-Aly. “Anthropogenic Climate Change, Anxiety, and the Sacred: The Role of Ecological Calendars in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia.” In Understanding Climate Change Through Religious Lifeworlds, edited by David L. Haberman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2021.

Kassam, Karim-Aly, and Frederick McDonald. “Personhood: Rejecting the Notion of Race.” Medium (April 15, 2021).

Cornell Research Website Article

Indigenous Communities and Climate Change