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PhD, Stanford University
BA, Grinnell College 



American literature and culture (20th-21st centuries); literature and science, environmental humanities; new media and the digital humanities; critical food studies; science and technology studies (STS).


Since 2012, Allison Carruth has been a faculty member at UCLA, where she current holds the position of Associate Professor of English and is affiliated with the Institute for Society and Genetics and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She also serves as director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). A co-founder of the public art project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.

Her research and teaching interests include American food cultures; literature and science; environmental narrative, media and art; and relationships between ecological thought and digital technology over the past half century. She also writes about avant-garde and other experimental forms of environmentalism with a focus on the U.S. 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, forthcoming 2017), she is working on a new book titled Creative Ecologies in an Age of Crisis.

Professor Carruth has published widely, including in ASAP/Journal, KCET Artbound, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and in collections such as Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities.

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