Emerson Whitney, PhD, MFA

Core Faculty

Teaching Philosophy

I am honored to teach in a program that strives for accessibility, is a site for alternative education that’s rooted in decolonization/re-Indigenizing practices which aim to upend oppressiveness in all its forms. I love how queer and trans our program is, how creative we are, how learners who feel put down by normative education are uplifted and celebrated for our neurodiversity, the hybridity of our work, and the experiment that is what we make or how we make it. I have this deep belief: the field of creative writing, all fields, are more brilliant and more expansive because of the contributions of our Goddard community.


Postdoc Fellowship, The Dana and David Dornsife Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies, University of Southern California, 2021

PhD, European Graduate School, 2018

MFA in Creative Writing, California Institute of the Arts, 2014

BA in Independent Studies, Goddard College, 2011

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Transgender Studies
  • Hybrid theory
  • Hybrid genre
  • Disability Scholarship
  • Queer Theory
  • Ethnic/Romani Diaspora Studies
  • Poetry
  • Multidisciplinary Art Practices
  • Art Writing 

Pronouns: He or They

Meaningful Action in the World

All that I do is an integration of my academic work and my work in the world.


Daddy Boy (McSweeney’s 2023)

Heaven (McSweeney’s, 2020)

Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014)

emerson.whitney@goddard.edu Website

Affiliation BA Health Arts & Sciences
BA Sustainability
BFA Creative Writing
BFA Socially Engaged Art
Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate Studies Program

Location Plainfield, Vermont