My work focuses on race, environment, and systems of power in nineteenth century America. I am interested in how these intersections are crucial to understanding and addressing current climate and justice issues. You can find a sampling of my work below, and a full and current CV can be found on my academia.edu site here.
I am also invested in the public sector work of the environmental humanities. As an important example of how the environmental humanities can be effective means of protest, Terry Tempest Williams, professor of environmental humanities at University of Utah along with students from that phd program, successfully bought rights to 1,750 acres of land in order to save it from fossil fuel extraction. Listen to her interview with Democracy Now here.
I am currently working on two articles: “American Apocalypse: Whitewashing the Genre of Settler Colonialism” for Settler Colonial Studies and “Survivance Ecology: Unsettling the Apocalyptic Crisis in Climate Fiction” for Environmental Humanities
“Framing Degrowth: The Radical Potential of Tiny House Mobility.” Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities. Anitra Nelson and François Schneider, Eds. Routledge, 2018. Forthcoming.
““The Patron Saint of Tiny Houses.” Henry David Thoreau in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2016. Literature in Context series. Forthcoming.
“Economies/EconomEase: Troubling Life in a Tiny House.” The Ecotone: Journal of Environmental Studies (2015): 16-18.
“Survivance Ecology: Unsettling the Apocalyptic Crisis in Climate Fiction.” Transmotion 3.1 (2018). Special Issue on Genocide, Absence, and Erasure. Forthcoming.
““Silence Roars”: The Survivance Ecology of Comedy in John Joseph Matthews’ Bildungsroman.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Under Review.
“The World is My Backyard”: Romanticization, Thoreauvian Rhetoric, and Constructive Confrontations in the Tiny House Movement.” From Sustainable To Resilient Cities: Global Concerns/Urban Efforts. Research in Urban Studies. Bingley: Emerald P, 2014. 289-313.
“Mormonism, Biopolitics and the Refuge of Terry Tempest Williams’s Ecofeminist Resistance.” Transforming Feminisms: Religion, Women, and Ecology. Spec. issue of Journal for the Study of Religion 24.2 (2011): 65-74.
“The Paradox of Evil: A Study of Elevation Through Oppression.” The Evil Body. Ed. April Anson. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary P, 2011. 209-219.
“Introduction.” The Evil Body. Ed. April Anson. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary P, 2011. ix-xiv.
Review of Aileen Moreton-Robinson, The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Soveriegnty (2015). Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities (Winter 2017): 57-60.
Review of Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film. “Letters in Canada 2014.” University of Toronto Quarterly 85.2 (Winter 2015): 85-88.
“Notes on ‘Rethinking Race and the Anthropocene’.” EcoMedia Studies: Exploring Non-Print Media and Environment. 19 May 2015.
PUBLICATIONS, EDITED VOLUMES
Anson, April, et. al., Eds. Sustainability: A Casebook For Writers. Eugene: U of Oregon Composition, 2014.
Anson, April, Ed. The Evil Body. Ed. April Anson. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary P, 2011.
Standing Rock and Environmental Protest, University of Oregon, 2017
Forum on Sustainability and Housing Justice, University of Oregon, 2015
Rethinking Race and the Anthropocene, University of Oregon, 2015
Environmental Humanities Conference, Oregon State University, 2015
Indigenous Philosophy Reading Group, University of Oregon, 2015
Foucault Reading Group, University of Oregon, 2015
Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, 2014
The Tiny House Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2014
The Center for American Studies, Universität Trier, Germany, 2o11
University Studies Writing Committee, Portland State University, 2010
European Art as Politics, Portland State University, 2010
ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS, selection
Association for Literature and the Environment, Detroit, 2017
Native American Literature Symposium, Prior Lake, Minnesota, 2017
3rd Energy and Society Conference: Transforming Energy. Leipzig, Germany, 2016
The Sitka Institute: Thinking on the Edge. Sitka, Alaska, 2016
Association for Literature and Environment, University of Idaho, Moscow, 2105
Climate Change Research Symposium, University of Oregon, 2015
Western Literature Association: Border Songs, University of Victoria, 2014
Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, University of Leipzig, Germany, 2104
Alternative Sovereignties: Decolonization Through Indigenous Vision and Struggle, University of Oregon, 2014
Association for Literature and Environment, University of Kansas, 2013
Association for Literature and Environment, University of Alaska, Juneau, 2012
SWTXPCA: Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context, 2012
Association for Literature and Environment, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2011
Evil, Women, and the Feminine, Warsaw, Poland, 2011
University Studies Writing Committee, Portland State University, 2010
Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference, Portland State University, 2010
Martyred Bodies and Religious Communities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Medieval and Early Modern Institute, University of Alberta, 2010
Eric Englund Fellowship in American Studies, U of Oregon, 2017-2018
Modern Language Association Travel Grant, 12.2016
Equity and Diversity Teaching Award, nominated, U of Oregon, 6.2016
GSA Conference Travel Award, U of Oregon, 5.2016
Sherwood Research Award, U of Oregon, 4.2016
Outstanding Teacher of Composition Award, U of Oregon, 6.2015
Sustainability Fund Grant, U of Oregon, 10.2015
Distinction, Breadth Field Exam, U of Oregon, 10.2015
Sherwood Research Award, U of Oregon, 6.2014
Outstanding Teacher of Composition Award, nominated, U of Oregon, 5.2014
Jane Campbell Krohn Graduate Fellowship, U of Oregon, 5. 2012
Phillip Ford Graduate Award, Portland State U, 4.2012
Student Sustainability Award, Portland State U, 3.2012
Student Sustainability Award, Portland State U, 6.2011
Marie Brown Award, Portland State U, 5.2011
Marilyn Folkenstadt Scholarship, Portland State U, 5.2010
Phillip Ford Graduate Award Finalist, Portland State U, 5.2010
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Recipient, 2007-2008
FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCES
The Sitka Institute: Thinking on the Edge, 2016 (Hosted by Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition)
Jane Campbell Krohn Fellow in Literature and Environment, 2012
Tiny Circus Artist in Residence, Grinnell, Iowa, 2010
Fulbright Fellow, Teacher Exchange, 2007
National Writing Project Fellow, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon, 2006
Oregon Extension, Green Springs, Oregon, 1999
Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. 2012-present. Courses: ENG 222 Introduction to the English Major; ENG 104 Introduction to Fiction; WRI 121 Sustainability; WRI 121 Poverty and Privilege; WRI 122 Social Protest; WRI 122 What Bodies Count; WRI 122 Social Protest; WRI 123 Research in Bodies of Protest; WRI 123 Research in The Anthropocene.
Modern Language Association Regional Delegate (nominated)
Graduate Writing Instructor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. 2011-2012.
Graduate Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. 2010-2012. Courses: English 323; Writing 121; Rhetorical Grammar; European Art as Politics; Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding; Middle East Studies
Instructor, Universität Trier, Trier, Germany. 2010-2011. Courses: Lang 101, Lang 201
Writing Intensive Course Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. 2009. Courses: Understanding the International Experience
English Department Chair, Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon. 2006-2008.
Secondary English, Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon. 2002-2008. Courses: Honors American and World Literatures, Writing Workshop, SAT Prep.
PROFESSIONAL and SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Graduate Student Liaison, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Peer Reviewer, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and Environment, Oxford Journals
Peer Reviewer, Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Wiley
Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities Committee, University of Oregon
Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Union Steward, University of Oregon
Coordinator, Critical Theory Reading Group, University of Oregon
Coordinator, Mesa Verde Reading Group, University of Oregon
Indigenous Philosophy Reading Group, University of Oregon
Foucault Reading Group, University of Oregon
Portland State Literary Society Chair, Portland State University
English Department Chair, Forest Grove High School
Politics, Culture, Identity Graduate Specialization, University of Oregon
Oregon Writing Project Workshop Certification
Intel Teach to the Future Certification
Oregon State Secondary Certification
Spanish, working proficiency