Scholar of the Month

Nicholas Reich: January 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for January 2021 is Nicholas Tyler Reich. 

Nicholas Tyler Reich (he/they) is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University’s Department of English, where he studies queer and trans ecologies, literatures of the US Deep South and Appalachia, energy ontologies, film, and digital media. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, ISLE, the upcoming edited collection The Anthropocene: Approaches and Contexts for Literature and the Humanities, and elsewhere.

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Rebecca Oh: December 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for December 2020 is Rebecca Oh. 

Rebecca Oh is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois. Her research interrogates the intersections between postcolonial literature, environmental justice, politics, and the environmental humanities. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, ISLE and elsewhere.

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

As a graduate student, I heard Ian Baucom give a talk on the Anthropocene. ...

Call for Nominees: ASLE Scholar of the Month

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 successfully launched, we would ...

Jason Hogue: November 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for November 2020 is Jason Hogue. 

Jason Hogue is a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he recently received his PhD in English literature. He has contributed entries to The Map of Early Modern London and has done transcription work for the Early Modern Recipes Online Collection. Most recently, he completed an essay titled “‘The Fare of Sanguinary Devils’: Feast and Storytelling in The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta,” in Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales (Routledge, 2019).

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Alok Amatya: October 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for October 2020 is Alok Amatya. 

Alok Amatya is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research develops the intersections of environmental humanities, global literature, and indigenous studies, with a focus on narratives of conflict over natural resources. His work has appeared in Environmental Humanities and Modern Fiction Studies.

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

My work in the environmental humanities ...

Rina Garcia Chua: September 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’S Scholar of the Month for September 2020 is Rina Garcia Chua. 

Rina Garcia Chua is currently a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is the editor of Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry (2018) and is working on an edited collection, Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruination in the Transpacific, with Heidi Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Xiaojing Zhou, forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press in 2021; Rina is also the Diversity Co-Officer for the ...

Kiu-wai Chu: August 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for August 2020 is Kiu-wai Chu. 

Kiu-wai Chu is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities and Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research focuses on ecocriticism and eco-aesthetics, animal studies, and contemporary cinema and visual art, specifically in Chinese and Southeast Asian contexts. His work has appeared in Transnational Ecocinema; Ecomedia: Key Issues; Cli-fi: A Companion; Chinese Environmental Humanities; Asian Cinema (journal) and elsewhere.

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

I believe I ...

Alexander Menrisky: July 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for July 2020 is Alexander Menrisky. 

Alexander Menrisky is a Lecturer jointly appointed in English & Communication and the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His first book, Wild Abandon: American Literature and the Identity Politics of Ecology, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in January 2021.

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

I grew up queer and closeted in a conservative community that happened to back into a rich stretch of forest ...

Kristen Angierski: June 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for June 2020 is Kristen Angierski.

Kristen Angierski is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, where she is currently completing a dissertation project titled “Fictions of Empathy: Embodied Ethics in Contemporary Anthropocene Literature.” Her work has been published in ISLE, Gothic Nature, and a forthcoming edited collection on the genre of ecohorror. She will be transitioning to high school teaching this fall.

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

I think the seed was planted during ...

Matt Henry: May 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for May 2020 is Matt Henry. 

Matt Henry is a Scholar in Residence at the University of Wyoming, where he holds a joint appointment with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the School of Energy Resources, and the Department of English. His research focuses on environmental justice, the energy humanities, and just transitions.

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

I grew up fly-fishing, floating rivers, hiking, and backpacking in western Montana, so ...