Scholar of the Month

Sophia Bamert: December 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for December 2022 is Sophia Bamert. 

Sophia Bamert is a Doctoral Lecturer in Composition in the English Department at Brooklyn College—CUNY. She previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Engagements Core Curriculum at the University of Virginia, and she earned her PhD in English at the University of California, Davis, where her dissertation was titled “Plotting Race: Narrative Form and Urban Racial Geographies.” She recently published a reflection on the concept of “plotting race” in the journal ...

Call for Nominees: ASLE Scholar of the Month

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In May 2020, ASLE started a new “Scholar of the Month” program featured our website, which was modeled after the Society of Early Americanists’ program of the same name. The purpose is to highlight our members’ innovative research, teaching, community engagement, and other activities. Read about our past nominees and the questions we ask them at the Scholar of the Month pages on the website. We also post these profiles to ASLE Facebook and Twitter.

Now that the program has been successfully established, there ...

Jeffrey Insko: November 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for November 2022 is Jeffrey Insko. 

Jeffrey Insko is Professor of English at Oakland University, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature and the Energy and Environmental Humanities. He is the author of History, Abolition, and the Ever-Present Now in Antebellum American Writing (Oxford, 2018) and editor of the forthcoming Norton Library edition of Moby-Dick. His essays have appeared in journals and collections such as American Literary History, American Literature, Leviathan, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and the Cambridge ...

Jada Ach: October 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for October 2022 is Jada Ach. 

Jada Ach is a Lecturer at Arizona State University, where she teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Liberal Studies programs. She is the author of Sand, Water, Salt: Managing the Elements in Literature of the American West, 1880-1925 (2021) and co-editor of Reading Aridity in Western American Literature (2020).

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

I didn’t set out to study ecocriticism when I started my PhD. ...

Andrew Bishop: September 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for September 2022 is Andrew Bishop. 

Andrew Bishop is currently a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University. He is working on a dissertation that explores representations of leisure in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. He has written ecocritical articles on authors like Arthur Miller, H.G. Wells, and Ernest Hemingway. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he helped to coordinate the Composition program at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ.

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Micah McKay: July 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for July 2022 is Micah McKay. 

Micah McKay is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama. His research focuses primarily on the representation of trash in contemporary Latin American cultural production and attempts to consider the ecological, political, and aesthetic stakes of waste. He is the co-editor of Environmental Cultural Studies Through Time: The Luso-Hispanic World (Hispanic Issues On Line, 2019), and his work has appeared in such venues as Latin American Literary ReviewLuso-Brazilian Review, and Revista Canadiense de Estudios ...

Cara Judea Alhadeff: June 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for June 2022 is Cara Judea Alhadeff. 

Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff is former professor of critical philosophy and corporeal politics at University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently an independent scholar and eco-justice performance artist. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era (Eifrig Publishing, 2017) and Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene (Penn State University Press, 2014), as well as numerous essays on environmental justice, greenwashing, ...

Ashley Kniss: May 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for May 2022 is Ashley Kniss. 

Ashley Kniss is an Assistant Professor at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. Her research interests include American Gothic literature, ecohorror, American religious history, apocalypse, and the posthuman. She currently serves as the Writing Coordinator at Stevenson University and has also taught several courses in her focus area of 19th-century American Gothic literature, including surveys on the American Gothic, Monsters in American Literature, and Ecohorror. She is currently working on her first monograph ...

Steven Swarbrick: April 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for April 2022 is Steven Swarbrick. 

Steven Swarbrick is an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, specializing in early modern literature, literary and cultural theory, and the environmental humanities. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Environmental Unconscious: Ecological Poetics from Spenser to Milton (University of Minnesota Press, 2023).

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

When I began graduate school in 2009, animal studies and posthumanism were ...

Sladja Blazan: March 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for March 2022 is Sladja Blazan. 

Sladja Blazan is currently a lecturer at Bard College Berlin. Her areas of research include speculative fiction, critical posthumanism, critical refugee studies, and migration.

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

I feel like I have been working within ecocriticism without knowing it for a long time. Since early on in my academic work, I have felt the pressing need for a conceptual reorientation. It was mainly studies that came ...