Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English at Arizona State University. She is a literary critic who has helped build the fields of environmental justice critical studies, American Studies, indigenous studies, and the environmental humanities. In 2012, she served as President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE) an organization with over 1800 members in 41 countries around the world. From 1999 to 2010, she founded and led the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA-ECC). She is currently a Convener of the North American Observatory of the Humanities for the Environment (HfE) international networking project.

Adamson is best known for her groundbreaking monograph, American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001) and her edited collection, The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. Both were published at the leading edge of the environmental justice movement and helped shape transnational American Studies and environmental justice critical studies.

Both books have been cited in dozens of languages, reprinted in “introductions to ecocriticism” textbooks, and several chapters have been translated into Mandarin.

Recent publications include Humanities for the Environment (Routledge 2017); Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies—Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge 2016); and Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016). Adamson has lectured across the US, and in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. She has published over 70 articles, chapters and reviews exploring global indigenous literatures, multispecies relationship, food justice, critical plant studies, eco-digital humanities and the arts of futurity.

Adamson directs the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigely Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

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