Growing the Environmental Humanities

I had the honor of being invited to give an overview of the environmental humanities to Cornell University’s inaugural graduate course on the field, taught by the incomparable Anindita Banerjee. I wanted to make sure students had a broad understanding of how to get involved, and stay involved, so I compiled this brief overview of selected initiatives, institutions, journals, publications, and upcoming events (email me if you want a copy of this and/or have ideas to add!):

Also, 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.

Teaching in a Changing Climate

We need stories that rivet, devastate, redefine. My teaching and research are dedicated to helping us conceive environmental justice and the realities of climate change through reflection, empathy, and close reading. These practices ask us to engage across forms of difference and critically consider the complex – and changing – meanings of being human. My pedagogy is also informed by my:

  • Master’s degree in Education, and two Master’s degrees in English
  • Fifteen years of teaching experience, including instruction of secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and nontraditional students, as well as other teachers.
  • Training in implicit bias recognition, teaching race and ethnicity, the interdisciplinary pedagogy of Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Across the Disciplines, and in the National Writing Project, as well as the methods of genealogy, American studies and culture studies.
  • Awards from the Fulbright Program, Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon’s highest recognition – Outstanding Teacher of Composition – for my course on environmental writing. I was also nominated for the University of Oregon’s Diversity and Equity award.

Useful Teaching Resources:

Inspiring examples of art-ivism on climate change:

Some favorite syllabi: