Allison Carruth

Neikirk Chair (2018-2021) | 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

Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA, where she currently holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for undergraduate education innovation (2018-2021). She is a faculty member of the Department of English and Institute for Society and Genetics and is affiliated with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Food Studies program. She 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 interests include contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food culture; art-science experimentation; and collaboration between the humanities and life sciences. She also writes about the historical avant-garde and other countercultural movements in relationship to American environmental thought. 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 2018), she is working on a new book titled Novel Ecologies: Crafting Nature for Climate Change.

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, UCLA, the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

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