amyasle2011_150Amy McIntyre
Managing Director
Amy McIntyre has been Managing Director of ASLE since October, 2004. She previously worked with the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture and the New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce University (NH), as well as at the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth (now Children's Museum of NH). She received a B.A. from Alma College (MI), and a M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire. Amy resides in Keene, NH with her husband, two children, and one "bunny soft" grey cat.


Elected Officers (voting)


mlong_horse_winter_150 Mark Long, Keene State College
Mark is professor of English and American Studies at the University System of New Hampshire's Keene State College. He has published widely on American literature, poetry, and environmental literature. In addition to his work as the Coordinator of the Mentoring Program, Mark is an associate editor for the English studies journal Pedagogy, and co-founder and co-coordinator of the Calderwood Insitute on the Teaching of Writing at Keene State. His new book, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, was published in 2009 by the Modern Language Association of America.


sandilands_web_2014_150 Catriona (Cate) Sandilands, York University
Vice President
Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where she teaches in the environmental humanities at the intersections of literature (especially Canadian), cultural studies, political theory, and gender/sexuality studies. She has published widely on such diverse topics as ecofeminism, queer ecology, Walter Benjamin, national parks, lesbian separatists, honeybees, Hannah Arendt, and human/plant relations; she is the author of The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and Democracy (1999) and the coeditor of This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (2005) and Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (2010). She is currently working on three projects: first, a coedited anthology on the contributions of literary works to Canadian environmental politics entitled Green Words / Green Worlds; second, a monograph on late lesbian novelist/essayist Jane Rule's diverse literary and political contributions entitled A Very Queer Citizen: Jane Rule's Public Lives; and finally, a popular/scholarly book (with lots of pictures) on Toronto's urban plantscapes, tentatively titled, with a nod to Benjamin, Plantasmagoria.


outka_pic_150 Paul Outka, University of Kansas
Immediate Past President
Paul Outka is Associate Professor of English and courtesy faculty in Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas.  He teaches courses in 19th century U.S. literature and culture, literature and science, American poetry, African American Literature, and green cultural studies.  His research interests include ecocriticism, critical race theory, trauma studies, aesthetic theory, and the posthuman.  In addition to a number of essays, he is the author of Race and Nature from Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance (Palgrave 2008), which won the 2009 ASLE biennial prize for ecocriticism.  Currently he is working on two book projects, tentatively entitled The Nineteenth-Century Posthuman, and Western Landscapes and the Dreamwork of Whiteness.


Executive Council (voting)


caminero_pic_150 Byron Caminero-Santangelo, University of Kansas
Term: 2014-2016

Byron Caminero-Santangelo is Associate Professor of English and a governance faculty member of Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas.  His teaching and research focuses on 20th century African literature, postcolonial literary studies, ecocriticism, geocriticism, and global environmental justice. Recent publications include Different Shades of Green: African Literature, Environmental Justice, and Political Ecology (University of Virginia P, forthcoming) and a coedited volume entitled Environment at the Margins: Literary and Environmental Studies in Africa (Ohio University P, 2011).


carruth_pic_150Allison Carruth, UCLA
Term: 2013-2015

Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Institute for Society and Genetics, and Center for the Study of Women. Prior to UCLA, she served as Associate Director of Science, Technology and Society at Stanford. Her fields of research and teaching include the environmental humanities, 20-21c American literature and culture, food studies, and science and technology studies (STS). She also has a longstanding interest in avant-garde writing and experimental art practices. Her first book is entitled Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current book project is “Radical Gardens, Digital Times: From Server Farms to Seed Libraries in Contemporary American Culture.” She is also co-authoring “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner, and working on a long-term project about the environmental implications and utopian rhetoric of cloud computing. Carruth is Media Editor of the new journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. In 2011, she organized a national conference entitled Food Justice with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Recent publications include essays in Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture and Public Books and in book collections from Oxford UP and Routledge.


fiskio_pic_150 Janet Fiskio, Oberlin College
Term: 2014-2016
Janet Fiskio is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College, where she teaches classes on climate change, environmental justice, food studies, and environmental humanities.  Her pedagogy emphasizes an interdisciplinary, community-based approach to questions of environment and social justice.  She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Counter Friction: Poetics and Politics in Climate Justice.  In addition, she has several collaborative research projects underway on urban farming, race, and immigration in the Rust Belt.  Her articles have appeared in American Literature, Environmental Philosophy, and Race, Gender, and Class.


irmscher_150Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University Bloomington
Term: 2012-2014

Christoph Irmscher is Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington, teaching and writing about nineteenth-century American and Canadian literature and culture. His books include The Poetics of Natural History, an edition of the writings of John James Audubon, and the ecocritical anthology, A Keener Perception, co-edited with art historian Alan Braddock (Temple University).  He was a consultant and interviewee on the recent PBS documentary John James Audubon, In 2006, he co-taught an NEH Institute for Teachers on Hawthorne and Longfellow at Bowdoin College in Maine. With Christof Mauch (University of Munich, he co-edits the interdisciplinary book series “Transatlantic Perspectives” (Berghahn Books, NY).  His latest book, Louis Agassiz: How American Science Was Made will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012.


slemenager_150Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon
Term: 2012-2014
Stephanie LeMenager is Moore Endowed Professor of English at the University of Oregon, where she teaches in English and Environmental Studies. She previously taught at University of California Santa Barbara and served as Director of UCSB's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center from 2007-2010. LeMenager's first book, Manifest and Other Destinies, won the 2005 Thomas J. Lyon Award for Best Book in Western Literary Studies. She is a co-editor of Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011) and author of several articles and book chapters treating US/American Studies and environmental criticism. She currently co-edits the online journal Resilience, and her forthcoming book, Living Oil, riffs on the critical regionalist emphasis on depth over breadth when investigating macro-scale systems, of which the petroleum complex is a prime example.


sarah_ray_150Sarah Jaquette Ray, Humboldt State University
Term: 2013-2015

Sarah Jaquette Ray is on the faculty in the Department of Geography and Program Leader for Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. She teaches and researches between the fields of environmental literature, environmental justice, and human geography. Her first book, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (2013), theorizes the role of disgust in environmental discourse, and she continues to think about environmentalist disgust in terms of trash, bodies, femininity, race, and space/place. Ray has been involved in ASLE since her first year as a graduate student, when a biennial conference was held at her graduate institution, University of Oregon, in 2005. Ray served as an ASLE Graduate Student Liaison from 2009-2011. She previously taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, and hosted the 2012 ASLE off-year symposium "Environment, Culture and Place in a Rapidly Changing North".  When not working, Ray likes being amazed by her daughter, Hazel.


Voting Coordinators and Officers


hageman_150Andrew C. Hageman, Luther College
Graduate Student Liaison (senior)

Andy is currently an ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Environmental Studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he’s teaching courses in early American literature, eco_media, and ecology and technology in literature. He recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in English with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. Andy’s research explores intersections of machines, ecology, and ideology in literature and film. He has published a number of eco pieces, among them the essay “When Nature Calls; Or, Why Ecocriticism Needs Althusserian Ideology” in the 2010 issue of Polygraph. He is currently refining eco_media course designs and doing pedagogical strategizing; he’d love to hear from other people interested in advancing how we work with ecology, film, and digital media in the classroom.


swald_2_150 Sarah D. Wald, University of Louisville
Diversity Officer

Sarah D. Wald is Assistant Professor of English at University of Louisville. Her research examines the intersections of race, gender, labor, and nature in twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture.  She has a particular interest in representations of place, migration, and citizenship in Asian American Literature and Latino/a Literature.  Sarah is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Nature of Citizenship: Race, Nature, and Citizenship in Representations of Californian Agricultural Labor.  This manuscript considers the ways in which the categories of natural and unnatural structure the United States system of racial gate-keeping.  She has experience with community organizing and community-based learning.



Nonvoting Coordinators and Officers

Awards Co-Coordinators:

Environmental Creative Writing Book Award:
Christoph Irmscher
, Indiana University Bloomington
See Christoph's bio above in Executive Council section

Ecocriticism Book Award:
Salma Monani, Gettysburg College
See Salma's bio below under Immediate Past Diversity Officer

Graduate Student Conference Papers Awards:
Nicholas Bradley, University of Victoria

Nicholas Bradley is assistant professor of English at the University of Victoria. He specializes in Canadian literature, American literature, environmental criticism, and ethnographic literature.  He has published essays and reviews in journals including Essays on Canadian Writing, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, The Malahat Review, ISLE, and Jeffers Studies. His current research projects concentrate on contemporary poetry and poetics, and on the intersections of literature and ethnography.


armbruster_150Karla Armbruster, Webster University
Executive Secretary
Karla Armbruster is associate professor and chair of the English Department at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, where she teaches American literature, interdisciplinary studies, and professional writing. She also co-chairs the environmental studies program. Karla's primary research area is ecocriticism and environmental literature, and, with Kathleen R. Wallace, she is editor of Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism (Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2002). Most recently, she has become very interested in animal studies and is working on a book about representations of dogs in literature and popular culture.


echterling_150Clare Echterling, University of Kansas
Graduate Student Liaison (junior)

Clare Echterling is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Kansas. Her research primarily examines imperial and environmental discourse in late 19th and early-20th century British literature and children’s literature, but she also works with postcolonial and transnational literature and postcolonial ecology. She helped organize the Tenth Biennial ASLE Conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, and also serves as the MLA Liaison for ASLE.


handley_web_150George Handley, Brigham Young University
International Liaison
George Handley is Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University. He is the author of New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott (Georgia 2007) and a work of creative nonfiction, Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River (Utah 2010). He is also the co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment (Virginia 2005) and Postcolonial Ecologies (Oxford 2011). His current book project is From Chaos to Cosmos: Literature as Ecotheology.


hillard_150Tom Hillard, Boise State University
Book Review Editor, ISLE

Tom J. Hillard is an Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, where he teaches courses on early American literature, nature writing, western American literature, and the literary Gothic. He is also Co-editor of the Boise State University Western Writers Series. His current research focuses on the intersections between fear, nature writing, and the literary Gothic in American literature and culture. He recently edited and compiled and online teacher’s guide to the book The Future of Nature: Writing on a Human Ecology from Orion Magazine, edited by Barry Lopez (Milkweed Editions 2007). From 2005-2007, he served as one of ASLE’s Graduate Student Liaisons, and from 2008-2010 was an Executive Council member.


long_150Mark Long, Keene State College
Graduate Student Mentoring Program Coordinator
Mark is professor of English and American Studies at the University System of New Hampshire's Keene State College. He has published widely on American literature, poetry, and environmental literature. In addition to his work as the Coordinator of the Mentoring Program, Mark is an associate editor for the English studies journal Pedagogy, and co-founder and co-coordinator of the Calderwood Insitute on the Teaching of Writing at Keene State. His new book, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, was published in 2009 by the Modern Language Association of America.


meeksCatherine Meeks, Fall Line South Field Institute
ASLE News Editor
Catherine Meeks is co-founder of Fall Line South Field Institute, an academic outdoor education organization for young adults based in the Southeastern United States. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where she was the 2013-2014 Rona Jaffe fellow. She lives and writes in Tallahassee, FL, with her husband, poet Alex Quinlan.


monani_150Salma Monani, Gettysburg College
Immediate Past Diversity Officer

Salma Monani is Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College’s Environmental Studies department. She is co-editor, with Steve Rust and Sean Cubitt, of Ecocinema Theory and Practice (Routledge AFI Series, 2012) and Ecomedia: Key Concepts (Routledge Earthscan series, forthcoming 2015). She has also published her research, which includes explorations of film and environmental justice, film festival studies, and indigenous eco-activism, in journals such as ISLE, The Journal of Nature and Culture, and Local Environment, and in various anthologies.


toniapayne_pic_150 Tonia Payne, Nassau Community College - SUNY
Professional Liaison Coordinator
Tonia L. Payne received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is an associate professor at Nassau Community College (of the State University of New York), where she teaches composition and a variety of literature electives. Her Composition I courses have an ecological focus, and among the electives she teaches is Nature and Literature, a course she proposed and shepherded through the approval process. Most of her scholarly work has focused on Ursula K. Le Guin’s writings, but no matter which author or text has caught her attention, her inclination is always decidedly ecocritical. Among her scholarly publications are “‘We Are Dirt: We Are Earth’: Ursula Le Guin and the Problem of Extra-Terrestrialism” (in Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Conversations on Ecocriticism) and “How Do We See Green? Ursula K. Le Guin’s SF/Fantasy and the Environmental Paradigm Shift” (in Falas da Terra no século XXI: What Do We See Green?). She is a long-time member of ASLE.


scott_slovic_150 Scott Slovic, University of Idaho
ISLE Editor
Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the Department of English at the University of Idaho. He specializes in American literature, comparative literature, environmental literature, and ecocriticism. His publications include Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing (University of Utah Press, 1992), Going Away to Think (University of Nevada Press, 2008), and Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism (Lexington, 2014), among many others. He received a BA from Stanford and an MA and PhD from Brown. Scott is very active in the international environmental humanities community and has helped support ASLE’s spread to many different countries.