Allison Carruth

Associate Professor | LENS Faculty Director

Department of English, Institute for Society & Genetics, IoES

149 Humanities Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530

Campus Mailcode: 153005

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Since 2012, Allison Carruth has been a faculty member at UCLA, where she is currently Associate Professor of English and is affiliated with the Institute for Society and Genetics and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She also serves as director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). A co-founder of the public engagement project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.

Her research and teaching interests include contemporary American food culture; literature and science; environmental narrative, media and art; and the interface of technology and environmentalism. She also writes about the historical avant-garde and other experimental and counter-cultural aesthetic movements as they have taken shape in the Americas. The author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge UP 2013) and co-author with Amy L. Tigner of Literature and Food Studies (Routledge, forthcoming 2018), she is working on a new book provisionally titled Nature Remade: Forging Green Futures in Times of Eco-Crisis.

Professor Carruth has published widely, including in ASAP/JournalKCET Artbound, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and in collections such as Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities.

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Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS is collaborating with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company, to produce immersive stories that bring new voices and new ideas into environmental reporting and that bring our faculty and student research into conversation with diverse public audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project will focus on California as a...

Ecology and the Net

“Ecology and the Net” is a digital archive project led by Allison Carruth that bridges two distinct paradigms of the Anthropocene: one focused on technological innovation and the other on environmental crisis. It connects to Professor Carruth’s book project “Digital Utopias, Network Ecologies.” The archive aims, first, to showcase diverse uses of digital media and...

Seed Networks

This ongoing project catalogues the many stories in circulation today about patented, transgenic seeds as well as the apparent alternative of open source, public seed collections. By “stories,” the project means not only novels, science writing, documentary film, and so on but also the narratives inherent in visual images, maps, models, social media feeds, and...

Still image from Holoscenes/Anthroposcene Suite 1 by Lars Jan.

Holoscenes/Anthroposcene Suite 1 by Lars Jan

Holoscenes is a multi-platform artwork colliding the human body with water. The work includes performance installation, video, photographic, and print components. The Anthropocene Suite is a quartet of projections featuring multiple performers carrying out a series of everyday behaviors while animated by several thousand gallons of water in an aquarium-like sculpture. Their behaviors are transformed...


Open Source Foodways: Agricultural Commons and Participatory Art

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Published Work | 2016 | ASAP Journal

A Brief History of Public Art and the L.A. River

A. Carruth

Published Work | 2014 | KCET Artbound

The Digital Cloud

A. Carruth

Published Work | Public Culture