Nancy Menning

Nancy Menning

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Religion & Ecology
Phone:(607) 274-5802
Office:139 Rothschild Place
Ithaca, NY 14850

Brief Biography

Nancy Menning is Assistant Professor of World Religions. She completed her PhD in 2010 from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa after being ABD in a joint degree program in forest ecosystem management and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy combines her background in social forestry and environmental studies with her work in religious studies to advance the environmental humanities and to foster simultaneous human and ecological flourishing. Her field of specialization is called either 'religion and ecology' or 'religion and nature.' Her recent work has emphasized religious aspects of climate change narratives, spiritual practices for cultivating environmental virtues, rituals for mourning environmental losses, and pedagogical strategies for teaching religion and nature using literature. She serves as co-chair of the Ecology and Science in the Study of Religion section of the Midwest region of the American Academy of Religion. She wishes she had more time to watch birds and read fiction.



Ongoing (Spring 2014):

  • Islam
  • World Religions: Western and Modern


  • Death & Immortality (Fall 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2013)
  • Death of Nature: Mourning Environmental Losses (Ithaca Seminar; Fall 2013)
  • World Religions: Western and Modern (Spring 2011, Spring 2012 & Spring 2013)
  • Religious Cosmologies (Spring 2013)
  • Character: Making Habits for Good (ICIC mini-course; Spring 2013; w/Jason Hamilton)
  • Death and the Soul (Ithaca Seminar; Fall 2012)
  • Islam (Fall 2010 & Fall 2012)
  • Indigenous Religious Traditions (Fall 2012)
  • Mormonism in the American Imagination (Spring 2012)
  • Religion & Nature (Spring 2011)
  • Religion & Criminal Justice (Fall 2011)
  • Edges and Interfaces: Defining and Transcending Boundaries (ICIC "Insight" mini-course; Spring 2012)

Upcoming (Fall 2014):

  • Death and Immortality
  • Religion and Nature
  • [Tentative] 1-credit honors C.P. Snow seminar (w/Luke Keller)


Active Research Projects

  • lots of things related to climate change ethics


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