Kristi Leora Gansworth, PhD

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Kristi Leora Gansworth is Anishinabe kwe– a human being–writer and maker. Much of her work revolves around water. For Dr. Gansworth, Anishinabe gikendasowin– Indigenous knowledge– is the foundation of all being, all knowing, all doing, including the development of practices and partnerships. She has worked in multiple educational and community settings and is a frequent collaborator on projects that relate to numerous conceptions and forms of justice.


  • PhD, Geography, York University
  • MA, Environment and Community, Antioch University, Seattle
  • MFA, Writing/Poetry, Goddard College
  • BA, English, SUNY Buffalo
  • AA, Liberal Arts, Niagara County Community College

Areas of Expertise

I don’t like the word expert to describe myself, but some things that interest me and which I have studied or written about include:

  • Indigenous legal traditions and systems
  • Environmental governance and policy
  • Land-based learning, defense, and protection
  • Embodiment and healing
  • Indigenous culture and language
  • Poetry & poetics
  • Political Ecology
  • Community-based research
  • Indigenous feminism and geographic methods
  • Material culture and expression
  • Water, oceanography, and hydrology
  • Ableism, medicine, and health
  • Phenomenology
  • Critical animal studies
  • Philosophy and philosophic thought

Personal Statement

Goddard’s low residency model is a revolutionary way to envision and pursue our educational leanings. It is a time honoured method for rigorous engagement and self-directed, adviser-supported learning. Spending time together as a community in residency allows opportunity to gather and be amongst each other, while the ability to study and learn outside a ‘classroom’ setting is both liberatory and challenging. I welcome students from each of the undergraduate degree tracks. It is an honor to collaborate and develop a plan that works for you.


Affiliation BA Sustainability
BFA Creative Writing
Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate Studies Program

Location Plainfield, Vermont

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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