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 in environmental humanities include historical ethnobotany, traditional ecological and indigenous knowledge, women's health history, environmental justice, environmental literature, agroecology and ecological resilience. She serves on the board of The Orion Society, a community that publishes Orion literary magazine, caring for the planet by exploring the connections between nature and culture so that humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably and joyously.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S481-01 Global Environmental Inequality, Local Environmental Justice
  • HPSS-8900-01 HPSS Independent Study
  • HPSS-S101-02 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-S469-01 Indigenous Knowledge
  • HPSS-S101-02 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • Claudia Ford’s CV
  • BA, Columbia University
  • MA, Antioch University, Yellow Springs
  • PHD, Antioch University, New England


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design 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 Theory + History of Art + Design