Scholar of the Month

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson: October 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for October 2021 is Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. 

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College. His research and teaching combine literary criticism, cultural studies, and sociology to examine the cultural and political dimensions of climate change, with a focus on climate justice.

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

I started my PhD in American Studies in 2007 and became interested in writing about the expectations, anxieties, and desires around peak oil, which were ...

Rebecca Baker: September 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for September 2021 is Rebecca “Baker” Baker. 

Rebecca “Baker” Baker (they/she) is an English PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are broadly interested in cultural constructions of speculative scientific discourses – including science fiction – with a focus on decolonial worldbuilding, climate justice, multispecies ecologies, and radical utopian imaginaries. Their work is situated at the intersections of the environmental humanities, contemporary science fiction, critical infrastructure studies, and feminist STS; their current project focuses speculative, anti-imperialist ...

Emily Roehl: August 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for August 2021 is Emily Roehl.

Emily Roehl is an energy humanities scholar and artist whose work has most recently appeared in Environmental History, Jump Cut, and Southern Cultures. Over the past two years, she has organized a series of events on energy justice, place-based research-creation, and lower-carbon research methods. Roehl is a Lecturer in the Honors College at Texas State University and the co-founder of artist book publisher Mystery Spot Books.

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James Wachira: July 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for July 2021 is James Wachira. 

James Wachira is a Kenyan PhD student at the Bayreuth Graduate School of African Studies whose doctoral research is about non*human matterings in selected Kenyan eco-texts. He is the author of “Animal Praise Poetry and the Samburu Desire to Survive” in Natures of Africa: Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms (ed. Fiona Moolla) and “Wangari Maathai’s environmental Afrofuturist imaginary in Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi” in Critical Studies in Media Communication (2020).

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April Anson: June 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for June 2021 is April Anson. 

Dr. April Anson is an Assistant Professor of Public Humanities at San Diego State University, where she writes and teaches at the intersection of the environmental humanities and American studies, paying particular attention to Indigenous studies and political theory. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in boundary 2, Resilience, Environmental History, Western American Literature, and others.

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

After teaching high school English and running what ...

Fernando Varela: May 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for May 2021 is Fernando Varela. 

Fernando Varela is currently finishing his doctoral degree in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He defended his dissertation with honors on April 1. His professional interests include hemispheric studies, critical race studies, ecocriticism, and environmental humanities. Starting August 2021, Fernando will be an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX).

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

In a way, my personal background ...

Addie Hopes: April 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for April 2021 is Addie Hopes.

Addie Hopes (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s an editorial assistant with Contemporary Literature and Managing Editor of Edge Effects.

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

I grew up in rural Ohio playing in the woods with my cousins, hanging out in the barn with the feral cats and horses, and climbing trees to read books where only the ...

Fazila Derya Agis: March 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for March 2021 is Fazila Derya Agis. 

Fazila Derya Agis is an adjunct online instructor at the University of the People who also enjoys her online volunteer job as she teaches refugees and many others who cannot afford high tuition fees around the globe. She has been working on ecolinguistics, environmental cultural anthropology, and environmental politics and history and is writing a monograph on animal and plant metaphors and beliefs in various cultures from an ecolinguistic perspective.

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Killian Quigley: February 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for February 2021 is Killian Quigley. 

Killian Quigley is a newly appointed research fellow at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, in Melbourne. He is also an honorary postdoctoral fellow with the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, and an associate of Oceanic Humanities for the Global South. He lives on Wurundjeri land.

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

My interests in these fields were encouraged, first of all, by great ...

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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