Dr. Ford has enjoyed a career in academia, international management and development, and women’s health spanning three decades and all continents. Dr. Ford is a tenured professor and chair of the department of Environmental Studies at State University of New York, Potsdam. She teaches ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, gender studies, international business, environmental justice, and environmental literature in classrooms and workshops. Claudia is sought after as a speaker for International and domestic conferences on a range of topics including environmental studies, women and gender, health, entheogenic medicine, and agriculture.
Dr. Ford has published a memoir, an environmental studies text book, and numerous journal articles. She expects to publish in 2024 the book, “Grandmother Epistemology – African American Environmental Philosophy.”
Claudia J. Ford has an undergraduate degree in Biology, and there graduate degrees – an MBA in Health Administration, an MFA in Writing, and a PhD in Environmental Studies.
She is an actively engaged visual artist and a writer, and she serves on the board of directors of the Soul Fire Farm Institute – committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system transforming the practice of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.