— Environmental Humanist
President’s Professor of English and Environmental Humanities.
For over twenty years, I have been working as an environmental and literary humanist.
In 2012, I was honored to serve as President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE), the largest environmental humanities organization in the world with members in 41 countries. From 1999 to 2010, I founded and led the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA-ECC). I am currently the Secretary General of the Humanities for the Environment Global Network of Humanities Observatories (HfE) and Director of the North American Observatory.
Areas of Expertise
I write on the centrality of the environmental humanities to the sustainability sciences, environmental justice, climate fiction and film, Indigenous literatures and scientific literacies, the rights of nature movement, and the food justice movement.
- environmental humanities
- Environmental Justice Critical Studies
- Environmental Literature and Literary Criticism
- food justice
- Global Indigenous Studies
- Southwest American and Sonoran Desert Studies
Keynotes, Lectures and Workshops.
I am the author and/or co-editor of eight books and special issues.
The New Normal? An Environmental Humanities Response to COVID-19
The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, & Pedagogy
Ethnicity and Ecocriticism. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US
American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism: The Middle Place
American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Ecology: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons
Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos
Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice
Service to the profession.
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literatures, Culture, and Theory; Concentric; Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment; Elohi: Indigenous Peoples and the Environment; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Humanities; Environmental Justice; Hypatia; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment; Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies; Journal of Transnational American Studies; Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture; Environmental Humanities; LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory; Modern Fiction Studies; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States; Neoheliocon; Resilience: A Journal of the Sustainable Humanities; SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literature; Western American Literature