DURHAM, N.C. –  Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment announces the appointment of Anaís Roque as John Hope Franklin Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice, effective July 1, 2024. With a rich track record of experience, research, advocacy and education, Roque brings valuable insights and a commitment to environmental justice.  

Roque holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in environmental social science from Arizona State University, where her doctoral dissertation focused on the intersection of community resilience and water insecurity. Her research explores how climate policies can be designed to be effective and equitable.  

Her current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities and the development of just and inclusive environmental policies. Roque’s work emphasizes the importance of community-based approaches to environmental justice, ensuring that those most affected by environmental issues are actively involved in the decision-making process.  

On her appointment to Duke University, Roque said: “As a community-engaged anthropologist, the Nicholas School of the Environment resonates with my academic journey particularly through its robust emphasis on interdisciplinary research and real-world impact. The school's commitment to addressing complex environmental challenges through a blend of policy influence, community engagement, and scientific research strongly aligns with my research agenda and values.”  

Her work aims to empower marginalized communities. She has also collaborated with international organizations to develop strategies for sustainable development that prioritize social equity. 

“We are grateful to an anonymous donor and the Duke University endowment for funding this position,” said Lori Bennear, Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment. “Anaís’ work on community health, food, energy, and water security, as well as strategies for disaster resilience that center social and environmental justice, links nicely with other faculty’s community-led research. Her appointment will accelerate and elevate these critical issues.”