Greta Gaard

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Greta Gaard

Ethnic and Religious Studies

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Arts, Claremont Graduate School
  • Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts, Pepperdine University, Malibu

Recent and Upcoming Courses Taught

Greta Gaard began teaching at Metro State as a Community Faculty member in Women's Studies in 2004, offering courses on Women and Ecology, and Intro to Women's Studies. She participated in the faculty conversations that transitioned Women's Studies to become Women & Gender Studies, and created the first online delivery of WMNS 201 which she has developed and updated every summer for her online GNDR 201 course. Her ecofeminist activism has inspired her involvement in climate justice work with 350.Org, anticorporate demonstrations in the Seattle '99 WTO Protests, the 2012 Occupy movement in Minnesota, and the Marriage Equality amendment.

Gaard works during the academic year as a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and lives year-round in south Minneapolis where she is raising a strong feminist antiracist daughter.


  • Critical Ecofeminism.  Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2017.
  • International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism,  Routledge, 2013. 
  • The Nature of Home: Taking Root in Place.  University of Arizona Press, 2007.
  • Ecofeminist Literary Criticism.  University of Illinois Press, 1998. 
  • Ecological Politics: Ecofeminists and the Greens.  Temple University Press, 1998. 
  • Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature. Temple University Press, 1993. 

Research Focus

  • mindfulness and creative writing
  • queer feminist climate justice
  • species justice and critical white studies in an era of pandemics