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For over twenty years, I have been working as an environmental and literary theorist to help build the fields of environmental justice critical studies, American Studies, indigenous studies, and the environmental humanities. 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. You can find more information about that project below.
I write on the centrality of the environmental humanities to the sustainability sciences, the design of desirable futures, climate fiction and film, Indigenous literatures and scientific literacies, the rights of nature movement, and the food justice movement. I have been honored to keynote conferences and lecture on my work in Australia, China, England, Italy, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and throughout the U.S.
At Arizona State University, I am a Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. My research and teaching has been supported by many awards and grants, including the 2019 Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship at the National Humanities Center.
I also direct the Environmental Humanities Certificate at Arizona State University and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.