I teach 21st century environmental humanities. In my courses, we examine the issues of privilege, explore social and environmental sustainability, and practice storycraft in the support of environmental arguments. Students explore the cultural context of environmental issues through scholarship, science research, media, and fiction— always with an eye to recognizing whose stories we are telling in the face of our climate crisis and widespread environmental contamination.
I joined the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences in 2014 and currently have three long-term writing projects on my desk and direct two online journals. The first writing project emerges from 3 years of data collection during and after an urban water crisis in a mid-sized midwest town. I have presented pieces of this material and plan eventually to complete a nonfiction book on public risk in urban water policy. The second project is a novel emerging from my own experiences in working with a city alder on water policy and as a private citizen working on environmental issues in the urban South. The third project is a short story collection emerging from my interests in the environment and social justice. Alluvian, the online journal I developed and direct, has been in production since fall 2015. (Please "like" our Facebook page: alluvianjournal and follow us on Twitter.) I also now teach a class where students produce the online journal of environmental communication, Roots.
I also offer environmental communication research opportunities that include a practicum in producing this growing environmental journal and independent study in creative environmental communication.
Courses I teach
ENVS 11900 Introduction to Environmental Humanities (fall).
ENVS 36000 Advanced Topics in Environmental Humanities (spring).
S2015: Environmental Democracy: The Problem of Activism
S2016: Homesteading: Memoirs of Living on the Land
S2017: The Unnatural Disaster: "Memoirs" of Climate Change
S2019: Environmental Piracy: Stories of Environmental Contamination
"Summer Blues." In Beach Reads.Third Street Press, 2017. (nonfiction)
"Open at the Throat," Artful Dodge, 52/53, 2016. (fiction)
"The Flyover," New World Writing, 2016. (fiction)
And the Baby Gods Sprout Like Milkweed, Dancing Girl Press, 2014. (poetry chapbook)
Romberg, T. R., Carpenter, T. A., & Dremock, F. (Eds.). Understanding Mathematics and Science Matters. Erlbaum, 2005. (research)