Kirsten Mundt, PhD, LMT
Mindfulness, Storytelling, Massage Therapy
Kirsten Mundt is a body worker and cultural studies scholar, interested in specific ways that individuals and communities navigate personal pain and cultural traumas in order to forge new possibilities. After finishing a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Dickinson College, she became a licensed massage therapist in 1997 and finished an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 2005. She began working for the Life Healing Center in 2004, continuing her training in meditation, Hakomi somatics, cranial sacral therapy, Reiki and traditional women’s healing modalities.
Complementing her work at the Life Healing Center, Kirsten is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico where she teaches courses related to environmental justice, the Southwest, and de-colonial feminisms. Her recently completed dissertation, Dwelling Together Between Queasy Worlds, explores touch as scholarly method and methodology, engaging difficult questions around loneliness and precarity produced within late capitalist conditions. What could it mean to heal, to build just communities and vibrant lives, despite ongoing cultural violence?
Personally, Kirsten is raising her teenage daughter in Santa Fe, where they enjoy hiking in the mountains, biking, and lazing in the sun with their cat Yuki.