Allison Carruth

Allison Carruth

Anschutz Distinguished Fellow
Visiting Associate Professor
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•Ph.D., Stanford University
•B.A., Grinnell College

Allison Carruth is an associate professor at UCLA, where she currently holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for undergraduate education innovation (2018-21). She is a faculty member of the Department of English and Institute for Society and Genetics and is affiliated with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center program. She serves as director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). A co-founder of the public engagement project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.

At Princeton, she is teaching “Creative Ecologies: American Environmental Narrative and Art, 1980-2020 ” and delivering a public lecture, “Life on Mars: Speculations in World-Building from California to the Red Planet.”

Her interests include contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food culture; art-science experimentation; and collaboration between the humanities and life sciences. She also writes about the historical avant-garde as well as contemporary art movements in relationship to American environmental thought. The author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge UP 2013) and co-author with Amy L. Tigner of Literature and Food Studies (Routledge 2018), she is currently completing a book titled Novel Ecologies.

Publications have appeared in American Literary History, ASAP/JournalKCET, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, ParallaxPublic Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and in collections including Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities.