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Babette Audant
Babette Audant


Babette Audant, Assistant Professor, earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focuses on New York City’s public food markets in the early and mid-20th century. In addition to her doctorate, she has earned an MPA (Baruch College, CUNY); BA (Wesleyan University); and AOS (Culinary Institute of America). Babette serves on the Boards of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). At KCC, she is the Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD), and oversees the Urban Farm, in addition to managing a number of major workforce development grants. She also serves as the co-Chair of the Culinary Arts Curriculum Committee, and on the Tourism & Hospitality Department P&B. Babette began teaching at KCC after a decade in the restaurant industry, starting in Prague, and ending in New York. Along the way, she worked in classical French kitchens, in an Austrian pastry shop, and in front of a wood-fired oven.


CA1 Basic Skills
CA90 Culinary Improvisation
CA60 Beverage Management

CUNY Graduate Center  Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences 2013
CUNY Graduate Center  MPhil, Earth and Environmental Sciences 2010
CUNY Baruch College MPA, Public Policy 2004
Culinary Institute of America A.O.S. Culinary Arts 1994
Wesleyan University B.A. College of Letters 1992

College Teaching
Kingsborough Community College 2011 - present Assistant Professor Tourism & Hospitality
Kingsborough Community College 2004 - 2011 Lecturer Tourism & Hospitality
CUNY School of Professional Studies 2009 – 2011 Adjunct Lecturer Online Baccalaureate Program
Kingsborough Community College 2002 – 2004 Adjunct Lecturer Tourism & Hospitality

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Audant, Anne Babette (2015): Stackable credentials and career/college pathways in culinary arts at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2015.1056918.

Audant, Anne Babette (2013): From Public Market to La Marqueta: Shaping Spaces and Subjects of Food Distribution in New York City, 1930 to 2012. Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Ph.D. Dissertation.

Audant, Anne Babette. “Public Markets” and “CUNY” in Savoring Gotham: Celebrating the Making of the Definitive Companion to New York City's Food. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

Nicholas Freudenberg (lead author); B. Audant (contributor). Good Food Jobs Report, CUNY Food Policy Seminar, 2013.

CHOICE Reviews – ongoing

Contributor to Noodle, an online education community

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

PI, 2015. CUNY Fatherhood Academy, New York City Young Men’s Initiative, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO).

PI, 2015. “Building a Framework for Sustained Leadership through Workforce Development at Kingsborough Community College.” Capital One Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge.

Co-PI, 2015. “Master Planning for High-Demand Stackable Workforce Credential Programs.” CUNY Strategic Planning Grant.

Co-PI, 2015. “KCC Food Environment Project.” President’s Innovation Award.

PI, 2015. “Bring it Home.” Ample Table for Everyone.

Co-PI, 2015. “Entrepreneurship of Creativity.” CUNY Workforce Development Initiative.

Co-PI, 2014. “Integrating Contextualized Quantitative Reasoning Modules Across Tourism and Culinary Arts to Advance Workforce Readiness.” CUNY Workforce Development Initiative.

Co-PI, 2013. “Foreign Language for Healthcare Training.” CUNY Workforce Development Initiative.

PI, 2013. “Bringing it to the table: how students at a community college talk about food, food policy and food systems.” PSC-CUNY Award # 66297-00 44.

PI, 2013-2017. Northeast Resiliency Consortium. United States Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training Program (TAACCCT), SGA-DFA-PY-12-10.

Researcher/Instructor, 2013. “Foodways: Humanities and Technical Education.” National Endowment for the Humanities Award # AC-50166-13.

Co-PI, 2012. “Integrating Social Business Technology Modules as Workforce Development Strategy.” CUNY Workforce Development Initiative.

PI, 2011-2016. Project Rise at Kingsborough. Social Innovation Fund and CEO.

Co-PI, 2011-2015. CUNY CareerPATH. United States Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training Program (TAACCCT), SGA-DFA-PY-11-08.

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Member, CUNY Healthcare Design Program

Board Member, National Council for Workforce Education, 2009 to present
Programs, Elections and Exemplary Programs Committees

Board Member, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2008 to present
Student Paper Awards Committee

Member, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) 2011 to present

Member, University Food Policy Collaborative, 2012 to present

Personal Interests

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