Environmental Studies at UVM

Kathleen Osgood


Environmental Program

Areas of Interest: 

Circumpolar studies, indigenous studies, native film, native literature, native art and music


A long-term Vermonter, Kathleen Osgood lives in the same house where she grew up. While the stonewalls and sugarbush of her farmlands look much as they did in the 19th century, the 21st century reality has shifted from hardscrabble farming to locavore economies, from mutual aid to development covenants, from rural isolation to global connection.

With a doctorate in comparative literature, Osgood’s primary research focus is the literary ecology of northern native peoples. She is active with the University of the Arctic, a consortium of institutions involved with the circumpolar world, and with The Center for Circumpolar Studies in Vermont.


  • Ph.D, Comparative Literature and Native Studies, Oulu University, Finland, 2003
  • M.A. English, Keene State College, 1983
  • B.A. History and Russian, UVM, 1969

Professional Affiliations: 

  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association