Research InterestsLiterature, Space, and Place
Professor of English, UI 2006-
Faculty, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research,2010-
Professor, International Programs, 2011-
Associate Provost for Academic Administration, 2009-2010
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Administration, 2008-2009
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Oral History Association (OHA)
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Representative Publications and Projects:
Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory, New York: Routledge, 2005.
Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities. Co-edited with James Throgmorton. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox. Cultural Studies Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.
“Paddle Your Own Canoe': Mississippi Solo and Communitas,” Southern Quarterly. Forthcoming 2015.
“Witness among the Refugees, Iowa Territory,” Resilience 1.3 (Fall 2014). Web. JSTOR http://bit.ly/17hmzb
“Child’s Play: Nature-Deficit Disorder and Mark Twain’s Mississippi River Youth,” Sustainability Issue. American Literary History 24.1 (Spring 2012): 16-33.
“Fate and Redemption in New Orleans; Or, Why Geographers Should Care about Narrative Form,” Geohumanities: Art, History, and Text at the Edge of Place, Eds. Michael Dear, Sarah Luria, and Doug Richardson. London: Routledge, 2011: 95-106.
Digital Humanities Project
The People’s Weather Map, in process, with Mark NeuCollins, The Studio; Eric Tate, Geographic and Sustainability Sciences, 2012-
Guest editor. “Genres of Climate Change.” Special Issue of Philological Quarterly. Ed. Eric Gidal. Forthcoming 2015.
Co-director of the Obermann Symposium, “Energy Cultures in the Anthropocene,” with Tyler Priest and Brad Cramer, University of Iowa, March 2015
Co-instructor, Obermann Graduate Institute for Public Engagement, with Carolyn Colvin, 2014, and with Craig Just, 2015, University of Iowa
Member, Oakdale Community [Prison] Choir, 2009-