shakara tyler is a returning-generation farmer, educator and organizer who engages in Black agrarianism, agroecology, food sovereignty and environmental justice as commitments of abolition and decolonization. She obtained her PhD at Michigan State University in Community Sustainability (CSUS) and works with Black farming communities in Michigan and the Mid-Atlantic. She explores participatory and decolonial research methodologies and community-centered pedagogies in the food justice, food sovereignty and environmental justice movements. She also serves as Board President at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) and co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund (DBFLF) and a member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective (BDFC).
Tyler, S. (2020). “Rematriating to the wombs of the world: Toward Black feminist agrarian ideologies.” In Caroyln E. Sachs, Leif Jensen, Paige Castellanos and Kathleen Sexsmith (Eds), Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture: Routledge, New York.
Baxter, K. Cooper, D. Fraser, A. Tyler, S. (Equal Authorship). (2017). “Womanism as Agrarianism: Black Women Healing Through Innate Agrarian Artistry.” In Justine Williams and Eric Holt-Giménez (Eds), Land Justice: Reimagining Land, Food and the Commons in the United States: Food First Books.
Matts, C., Conner, D. S., Fisher, C., Tyler, S., & Hamm, M. W. (2015). Farmer perspectives of Farm to Institution in Michigan: 2012 survey results of vegetable farmers. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-12.
Tyler, S., Rivers, L., Moore, E., Rosenbaum, R. (2014). “Michigan Black Farm Owners’ Perceptions About Farm Ownership Credit Acquisition: A Critical Race Analysis.” Race, Gender, Class: Vol. 21: No. 3-4. (pg. 232-251).
Tyler, S., Moore, E. (2013). “Plight of Black Farmers in the Context of USDA Farm Loan Programs: A Research Agenda for the Future.” Professional Agricultural Workers Journal: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 6.
PhD, Michigan State University, December 2019, Specialization: Community Sustainability
Master of Science, Michigan State University, May 2013, Specialization: Community Sustainability, Graduate Certification: Community Engagement
Bachelor of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, December 2010, Areas of Study: Agricultural Sciences, minors in Agricultural Education and Communications