assistant professor of Media Studies
Siobhan Angus is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Carleton University working at the intersection of art history and the environmental humanities. Her scholarship engages with the visual culture of resource extraction, the history of capitalism and labor, settler colonial studies, and the relationship between art, science, and industry. At the heart of her research program lies an intellectual and political commitment to environmental, economic, and social justice.
Professor of Architecture
University of Technology Sydney
Daniel A. Barber is a scholar of architectural and environmental change. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney and the author of Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton UP, 2020). Daniel is the co-editor of the Accumulation series on the e-flux architecture online platform, and a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellow.
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences
Dominic Boyer is a writer, media maker and anthropologist who teaches at Rice University. His work focuses on the energy and environmental challenges of our era, particularly the need to decarbonize society and to break the ecocidal trajectory of global capitalism. He has recently led research projects on the contentious politics of wind power development in Mexico and on the emotional impact of catastrophic flooding in Houston. His current research includes electric futures across the world and on amphibious urbanism in coastal cities experiencing sea level rise.
Centenary Chair of World Cinemas
University of Leeds
Paul Cooke is Centenary Chair of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds and specialises in the politics of representation and voice in World Cinemas. Over the last few years, he has run a number of participatory filmmaking projects supporting young people to explore the legacy of ‘difficult’ pasts. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the AHRC/GCRF Network Plus project ‘Changing the Story’. This project works across 12 countries, looking at the ways in which heritage and arts organisations support young people to help shape civil society in post-conflict settings. He is also working with marginalised groups in South Africa and Lebanon to use film as an advocacy tool, as well as working with public health professionals to use participatory arts to develop community-led solutions to the misuse of antibiotics in Nepal. He is the co-director of the award-winning film At first they don’t believe (2020). Recent publications include, with Inés Soria Donlan (eds) Participatory Arts in International Development (London: Routledge, 2019), with Rob Stone, Stephanie Dennison and Alex Marlow-Man, The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (London: Routledge, 2018) and Soft Power, Film Culture and the BRICS Special Edition of New Cinemas, 14/1 (2017).
Professor of Social and Economic Anthropology
University of Edinburgh
Jamie Cross is Director of the Edinburgh Earth Initiative and Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He has led multiple research and design projects focused on the social and material politics of markets for solar energy in places with limited access to electricity grids. His current research examines the infrastructures for keeping cool in the context of rising global temperatures.
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities
University of BRISTOL
Marianna Dudley is an environmental historian researching the rise of renewable energy in modern Britain. She is interested in winds, waves and tides as natural and historical forces, and in how energy technologies and discourses become part of processes of place- and identity-making (and vice versa). She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, where she co-founded the Centre for Environmental Humanities. She is Vice President of the European Society for Environmental History.
Jackson and Nichols Professor of English
west virginia university
Stephanie Foote is the Jackson and Nichols Chair and Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she researches and teaches American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present with a particular focus on environmental issues. Foote is the author of two single-author books The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Class, and Culture in The Age of Realism (2014) and Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001). In 2006, she edited and contributed original afterwords for We Walk Alone and We, Too, Must Love, Ann Aldrich’s 1955 and 1958 sociological accounts of lesbian life in the US. She co-edited (with Elizabeth Mazzolini) Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012), and in 2022 she and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen edited The Cambridge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. She is the co-editor and co-founder of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, which is available on ProjectMuse and JSTOR. She is currently working on a book about garbage and waste. She has published more than 20 articles and book chapters in journals such as PMLA, Signs, American Literary History, and American Literature, and her work has been funded by the Carnegie Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.
Founding Executive Director, BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations programme
Visiting Professor in the Faculty of History and Philosophy at University of Iceland
Steven Hartman is Executive Director of the BRIDGES Coalition in UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations programme and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of History and Philosophy at University of Iceland. His work promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among artists, researchers, educators and civil society to help mobilize public action on climate change. A member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Future Earth core project IHOPE (Integrated History and Future of People on Earth), he is senior co-editor of the new book series Global Challenges in Environmental Humanities (Bloomsbury Academic).
Professor of Anthropology
Cymene Howe is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University specializing in ecosocial phenomena, more-than-human worlds and the affective and material conditions of climatological precarity. Her books include Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Duke 2019), The Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory and Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (Punctum 2020). Her current research on hydrological globalization examines climate adaptation practices among populations facing massive ice-loss in the Arctic region and those contending with sea level rise emanating from that ice-loss in coastal cities around the world.
Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English
university of oregon
Stephanie LeMenager is the Moore Distinguished Professor in English and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. She is author of several books, including Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. Her work on climate change and the humanities has been featured in The New York Times, ClimateWire, Science Friday, NPR, the CBC, and other public venues.
PROFESSOR OF English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick
Graeme Macdonald is Professor (Full) in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK, where he teaches and researches in the Energy Humanities. He is a member of the Petrocultures Research Cluster and the After Oil School, and was recently CI on the Royal Society of Edinburgh project: Low Carbon Scotland. He is presently CI on the pan-European Climaginaries research project.
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Rebecca Macklin is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, having obtained a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2020. She is in the final stages of writing her first book, Unsettling Fictions: Relationality and Resistance in Native American and South African Literatures, as well as developing new research on Indigenous literary and cultural engagements with resource extraction.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies
uc san diego
Luis Martín-Cabrera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and the Latin American Studies Program at UC, San Diego. He is a specialist in Latin American Cultural Studies and Digital Oral History. Professor Martín-Cabrera is currently working on a multimedia digital oral history project on the impact of lithium extraction in the indigenous communities of Coyo (Chile), Llica (Bolivia), and El Moreno (Argentina).
Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College; Department Chair
the University of chicago
Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies, Cinema and Media Studies Program
UNIVERSITY of pennsylvania
Rahul Mukherjee is the Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media in the Penn Cinema and Media Studies program. His work on industrial toxicities and mobile media cultures has been published in Journal of Visual Culture and Science, Technology & Human Values. Rahul’s book about mediations of controversies related to nuclear energy and cell antennas, Radiant Infrastructures: Media, Environment, and Cultures of Uncertainty, was published from Duke University Press in 2020.
Lecturer in African Studies and International Development
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Dr Nelson Oppong is a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh whose research devotes to the politics of natural resources, institutional reform, state building and related global processes in low-income countries. He is a member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, and a Democracy and Development Fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana.
Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Nelson held various teaching positions at the University of Oxford, University of Bath, and City University of New York, where he taught different courses in international development, politics, international relations, world history and human geography. He has also spent several years as a development and policy consultant for the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and many public sector organizations in West Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Research Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
University of pennsylvania
Angela Pachon oversees the research agenda, manages the research grants and the visitor scholar programs, and develops scholarship and research collaborations across campus and beyond. She is also the author and editor of various publications of the Center and has studied issues related to electricity markets in the US, gas policies in Pennsylvania and climate policies in Latin America.
Prior to the Kleinman Center, Pachon worked as a policy advisor at the Ontario Energy Board developing incentive regulation for electricity and gas utilities and assessing rate impacts and affordability measures resulting from the implementation of feed-in tariffs. She also worked for NERA Economic Consulting in London, England leading electricity sector reform projects in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability and Professor of Human Geography
University of Toronto Scarborough
Imre Szeman is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently at work on The Future of the Sun, a book examining corporate and state control of the transition to renewables. http://www.imreszeman.ca/ / http://www.petrocultures.com
Faculty Director, Penn Program in environmental Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, Professor of German and member of the Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and English at the University of Pennsylvania, and the immediate past Co-President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her scholarship explores histories of migration, language, and cultural translation since the Columbian exchange across the north Atlantic world; she is currently completing Utopia Found and Lost in Penn’s Woods. She holds research to be a human right and regularly leads public research projects designed to connect academic and community expertise for environmental action. These projects have been supported by the National Geographic, Whiting, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations and include: An Ecotopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene, Data Refuge, Futures Beyond Refining, and My Climate Story (selected). She has offered testimony about project findings to audiences ranging from school children, to the City Council of Philadelphia, the U.S. Congress, and UNESCO.
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