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Chessa Adsit-Morris

Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and assistant director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. She is the author of Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Research Interests: 

Visual studies, Environmental Education, ecological thought, ecological evolutionary biology, art activism, science fiction, feminist social science.


Selected Publications: 


Adsit-Morris, C. (2017). Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters:

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (Forthcoming) "Post-Anthropocene imaginings: Co-creating machinic methodological assemblages for unnamed epochs to come." In Matthew Thomas & Robin Bellingham (Eds.) Disruptive Methodologies: Innovation & Early Career Research. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


Adsit-Morris, C. (Forthcoming). FORUM. Cultural Studies of Science Education.

Gough, N. & Adsit-Morris, C. (Forthcoming). “Troubling an Anthropocene Curriculum: Review Essay of Haraway, Donna J. (2016) “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene.” Qualitative Inquiry.

Gough, N. & Adsit-Morris, C. (Forthcoming). “Words (are) Matter: Material-Semiotic Lines of Flight in Environmental Education Research.” Environmental Education Research

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (2017). "It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango: queering gender texts in environmental education." The Journal of Environmental Education. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2016.1249330

Reviewer and Editor Positions:

Journal of Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE).

Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CJSTME)


Selected Presentations: 

ExtrACTION: Mining Values / Fueling Transformation. (2017). Panel: The High Art, Fast Culture, and Political Life of Oil. ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference.

Creative Ecologies of Practice: Collaborative Agential Modes of Eco-Aesthetic Pedagogy. Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, Piet Zwart Institute. January 27th and 28th 2017. 

Creating Spaces of Agency to Imagine Where We Might Stand and What We Might Stand For. Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. October 13-15 2016.

It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango. Co-presented with Dr. Noel Gough as part of the “Foregrounding a Gender Agenda in Environmental Education” panel. Australian Association of Environmental Education. October 4-6 2016.

Ecological Stories of the Unknown: Reaching Towards Cosmopolitanism. Co-presented with Samira Thomas at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. XLIII Annual Conference. May 31 2015.

Bag-Ladies Storytelling: Carrier-Bag Stories of Collecting and Re-Worlding Research Practices. Co-presented with Joanne Price & Samira Thomas. Seventh Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference. February 21-23 2015.

The experience of Collaborative Teacher-Researchers Inquiry group within Think&EatGreen@SchoolCo-presentation with Jolie Mayer-Smith as part of the panel The Think&EatGreen@School Project: A Community-University Research Alliance working for healthy and sustainable food systems in Vancouver public schools. The Canadian Symposium XII Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Science Education: Issues and Directions. August 2013. 

Twisting, turning, and folding more-than-human methodologies. Co-presentation with Julia Ostertag. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. April 2012

Next generation perspectives on the future of sustainable design. Panel discussion at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) chaired by Ray Cole (UBC, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture). June 2010.


Honors and Awards: 

UCSC Chancellor’s Graduate Internship Program (CIGP) Fellow 2017-2018

Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, 2017

Art Dean's Excellence Fund Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz 2016, 2017 & 2018

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz 2016-2017

American Education Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Environmental Education SIG 2016. 


Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz, Assistant Director

Center for Innovations in Teaching & Learning, UC Santa Cruz, Research Fellow

Porter Associate Fellow, UC Santa Cruz
AERA EE SIG Awards Committee 2017

Bergamo Graduate Student Council 2016 & 2017

Co-Chair Environmental Education Caucus UBC Faculty of Education 2013-2015.

Education and Training: 
MA Curriculum Studies University of British Columbia
BA Architecture University of Washington
BS Environmental Science Oregon State University