During my career at ASU, I have been
lucky to work with a diverse group of
students whose interests range vastly.

Future Students

Dear Potential Students,

I find that in the classroom, I am inspired by my students as, I hope, in turn they are inspired by me.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental literary criticism, environmental justice critical theory, climate fiction, food justice and food systems, ethnic American literatures and global indigenous studies. My courses focus on the environmental humanities, film and theory. I encourage students to develop a creative critical consciousness in regard to environmental and social justice issues with an eye towards coming to an understanding of what “intergenerational justice” might mean.

I am the Director of the Environmental Humanities Certificate. This is an undergraduate certificate program at ASU which offers a humanities-based approach to exploring the relationship between human culture and the environment.

I direct the work of PhD, MA, Honors, and undergraduate students in environmental humanities, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, food systems, indigenous studies, and sustainability studies. Also, I work with my students to develop proper professional etiquette as they prepare for career opportunities.

The two sub-pages to this section will give you an idea of some of the books and films that I use in my classes; however, keep in mind I often change texts in order to provide fresh and current classroom material.

Best, Professor Joni Adamson

Graduate Courses
Masters of Nonfiction

To gain a perspective on the long tradition of creative nonfiction, students in this course read the related literary genres of memoir, autobiography, life storytelling, and personal narrative from diverse national and international contexts. Each of our texts takes equal account of the natural world and the physical and mental structures of human life and society, experience, and imagination. We also examine how diverse writers explore ideas/theories of home, nature, health, human-animal relationship, social difference, eco-colonialism, poverty, natural resource depletion, and climate justice.


HSD 598/ENG 594
Studies in Posthumanism and Ecocriticism

What is the role of the imagination—and specifically literature and film--in protecting biological diversity, minimizing human health risks, and using resources sustainably? Can the environmental humanities move us towards something that environmental ethicists and scientists have called “humane sustainable culture,” or culture in which nature-protection is worked out in conjunction with efforts to improve the well-being of billions of humans around the world?

ENG 591
Environmental Approaches to Literature and Film

This is a course in critical theory. The focus of this class is on ecocriticism, an emerging field in literary and cultural studies. It explores the development of the field from postmodernism to critical environmental justice theory. We’ll contextualize our discussion by looking back to the abolition movement and forward to the Earth Charter and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Undergraduate Courses
ENG 241
American Literature to 1860
ENG 333
Ethnic American Literature
ENG 337
Major American Novels
ENG 359
American Indian Literature
ENG 367
Environmental Issues in Literature and Film

Evaluates literary texts and films that address interconnected cultural, historical, and environmental issues. General Studies: L and HU.

ENG 368
Environmental Creative Nonfiction
ENG 378
The American Southwest in Literature and Film

Evaluates literary texts and films addressing the diverse cultures of the American South West. General Studies: (L & HU) & C.

ENG 468
Environmental Literary Criticism
ENG 492
Honors Seminar
ENG 493
Honors Seminar