Nancy Menning

Nancy Menning

Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science

Specialty:Religious and Environmental Humanities
Phone:(607) 274-5802
Office:257A Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

Terminal Degree

Ph.D. 2010, University of Iowa, Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture

Brief Biography

Nancy Menning is an Affiliate Scholar in the Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences. (From 2010 to 2017, she was Assistant Professor of World Religions in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.) 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 recent work has emphasized religious aspects of climate change narratives, spiritual practices for cultivating environmental virtues, rituals for mourning environmental losses, and narrative strategies for integrating religious and scientific perspectives. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript that retells (in fiction and academic prose) the flood narrative of Genesis 6–9 as a story about climate change and species extinctions in the 21st century.

Recent Publications