We can’t ever really walk in someone else’s shoes, but we can listen to the sound of the footsteps. I teach the issues of 21st century environmental humanities -- examining the issues of privilege, the exploration of social and environmental sustainability, and the use of storycraft to support environmental arguments. Students in my classes explore the cultural context of environmental issues through scholarship, science research, media, and fiction, with an eye to becoming aware of whose stories we are telling -- even in crisis, even in science.
I joined the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences in 2014 and currently have three long-term writing projects on my desk and one active online journal. The first 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 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 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 offer environmental communication research opportunities that include a practicum in producing this growing environmental journal.
ENVS 11900 Introduction to Environmental Humanities (fall).
ENVS 11200 Principles and Practices of Sustainability (spring).
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: Climate Change: The Issues in Writing the Environment
"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)
Romberg, T. R., Carpenter, T. A., & Dremock, F. (Eds.). Understanding Mathematics and Science Matters. Erlbaum, 2005. (research)