allison carruth

Allison Carruth

Waldo W. Neikirk Chair | Associate Professor | LENS Director

Department of English | Institute for Society & Genetics | IoES

149 Kaplan Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530

Campus Mailcode: 153005

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On leave from UCLA during fall 2019, Professor Carruth will be in residence at Princeton University as the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow and a Visiting Associate Professor in American Studies.

Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA, where she holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Chair for humanities education innovation. She is a faculty member in the Department of English and IoES and an affiliate of the Institute for Society and Genetics and Food Studies. Since 2015, she has been the founding director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).

She is the author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge 2013) and co-author with Amy L. Tigner of Literature and Food Studies (Routledge 2018). A co-founder of the multimedia public engagement project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.  Save

Publications have appeared in American Literary History, ASAP/Journal, KCET, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities as well as collections such as Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities.

Her research and collaborations have been supported by ArtPlace America, the National Science Foundation, Princeton University, UCLA, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.