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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Bio

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 Novel Ecosystems, Wild Technologies: Reinventing Nature for Climate Change.

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.

For a complete CV and publications list, visit allisoncarruth.com.

Projects

Nimble Foods for Climate Chaos

“Nimble Foods for Climate Chaos” is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between environmental artist and NYU faculty member Marina Zurkow, Los Angeles chef duo Hank and Bean, and LENS faculty director Allison Carruth to explore the cultural and environmental conditions that would support sustainable food systems. The project brings immersive / public art and storytelling together with...

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...

Publications

Wily Ecologies: Comic Futures for American Environmentalism

Allison Carruth

Published Work | 2017 | American Literary History



Open Source Foodways: Agricultural Commons and Participatory Art

Allison Carruth

Published Work | 2016 | ASAP Journal


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

Allison Carruth

Published Work | 2014


The Digital Cloud

Allison Carruth

Published Work | 2014 | Public Culture