Claudia Ford

Claudia J. Ford is an interdisciplinary scholar with a BA from Columbia University in Biology and an MA and PhD from Antioch University in Environmental Studies. She moved to Rhode Island in 2008 after a career in international development and public health spanning all continents and worked at RISD for four years with international students and study abroad programs before joining the faculty. Ford is a midwife, an artist, a writer and poet, and she has enjoyed sharing the adventures and challenges of her worldwide work and travel with her four children.

Academic research/areas of interest

Ford's research interests include historical ethnobotany, traditional ecological and indigenous knowledge, Atlantic environmental history, women's health history, sustainable agriculture, and ecological resilience. Ultimately she is interested in human-nature relationships and how environmental care and awareness can be enhanced for governments, corporations, institutions, communities, and individuals.

  • BA, Columbia University
  • MA, Antioch University, Yellow Springs
  • PHD, Antioch University, New England


  • HPSS-S101-02 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-02 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S469-01 Indigenous Knowledge
  • HPSS-S481-01 Global Environmental Inequality, Local Environmental Justice


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles