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Chessa Adsit-Morris

Assistant Director, Center for Creative Ecologies
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. She is author of the book 'Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Research Interests: 

Visual Studies, environmental education, environmental humanities, ecology & evolutionary biology, feminist science studies, feminist social science, feminist science fiction & speculative fabulation.

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm (McH Cafe)

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. "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. (Forthcoming, 2019).

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. “Queering Evolution: (Re)Invigorating Environmental Education through Queer Interpretations of Evolutionary Onto-Epistemological Choreography.” In Joshua Russell, Ed. Queer EcoPedagogies: Explorations in Sexuality, Nature, and Education. New York, NY: Springer. (Forthcoming 2019).



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

Lakind, A. and C. A. Adsit-Morris (2018). "Future Child: Pedagogy and the Post-Anthropocene." Journal of Childhood Studies 43(1): 30-43.

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. 48(1): 1-12. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2016.1249330


Editorial Services

Journal of Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE).

Environmental Education Research Journal (EER).

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

Palgrave Macmillan (Springer).

Selected Presentations: 

“Evolutionary Thought and Transdisciplinary Practices.” (2018). Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Sydney 2018 Conference. Sydney, Australia. 

 “Evolutionary Thought and Transdisciplinary Practices.” (2018). Thirteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Granada, Spain.

"The Future Child: Pedagogy and the Post-Anthropocene." (2017). Co-presented with Alexandra Lakind. Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. Dayton, OH (USA).

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

"Creative Ecologies of Practice: Collaborative Agential Modes of Eco-Aesthetic Pedagogy." (2017). Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, Piet Zwart Institute. Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

"Creating Spaces of Agency to Imagine Where We Might Stand and What We Might Stand For." (2016). Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. Dayton, OH (USA).

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

“Place-based Eco-art and Bag-Lady Storytelling: Sharing the Assemblage of Practices/Figures/Stories Collected at Gibby’s Field.” (2015). Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Eleventh Biennial Conference. Moscow, ID (USA).

"Ecological Stories of the Unknown: Reaching Towards Cosmopolitanism." (2015). Co-presented with Samira Thomas. Canadian Society for the Study of Education XLIII Annual Conference. Ottawa, Canada.

"Bag-Ladies Storytelling: Carrier-Bag Stories of Collecting and Re-Worlding Research Practices." (2015). Co-presented with Joanne Price & Samira Thomas. Seventh Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"The experience of Collaborative Teacher-Researchers Inquiry group within Think&EatGreen@School. Co-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." (2013). The Canadian Symposium XII Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Science Education: Issues and Directions. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

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

"Next generation perspectives on the future of sustainable design." (2010). Panel discussion chaired by Ray Cole. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Honors and Awards: 

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development, 2018. 

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

Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, 2017 & 2018.

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. 

Education and Training: 
PhD, Visual Studies & Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz
MA, Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia
BA, Architecture, University of Washington
BS, Environmental Science, Oregon State University