Associate Professor of English
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
207 Lind Hall
207 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Office Hours: By appointment
I study American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. I seek to understand the rhetorical strategies and practical effects of literary texts and their creators, particularly with regard to the historical roots of our contemporary environmental values. My scholarship is grounded most firmly in the area of literary criticism known as "ecocriticism," but it is also strongly influenced by current work in environmental history, environmental ethics, and conservation biology. I teach a range of courses that concern the environmental humanities, literary nonfiction writing, and sustainability studies, and I am a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). After eight years as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, I am happy to be returning to a regular teaching appointment and to a research project examining the discourses of the sustainable food movement. I have also served as a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France.
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