I'm a literary scholar specializing in the modern and contemporary British and Anglophone novel, Environmental Humanities, the intersections of biodiversity loss and the cultural productions of 'everyday life', archives of extinction, critical theory 20th into 21st centuries, and the uses of climate and migration fiction for public advocacy.
My first book project explores how 20th c. late realist novels radically reimagine relations between human and the nonhuman world through micro-scale phenomena and multi-scalar thinking. My second book-length project identifies and illuminates processes of large-scale biodiversity loss enmeshed in cultural materials seemingly far from issues of species extinction. My scholarship in both its academic and public-facing forms is driven by the exploration of the novel and other cultural objects (literary, material, visual) as access points to the apprehension and understanding of large-scale processes and complex relationalities.
In 2022-23 I am a Humanitarian Collaborative Practitioner Fellow at the Global Policy Center and a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at the University of Virginia. At the Humanitarian Collaborative, I am launching a global public humanities project in close partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called "Read for Action: Climate, Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis." It uses contemporary fiction to spark engaged social action at scale on climate-induced humanitarian crises, and launches at COP27.
I received my PhD in English from NYU and my BA (Hons) is from the University of Chicago.