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Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English, Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Director of the Environmental Humanities Certificate and Inaugural Affiliate of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
She is a conveyor of the North American Observatory of "Humanities for the Environment" (HfE) and leads the 2.0 development team for the HfE international website. The HfE network includes Observatories in Europe, Australia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific, East Asia, and Africa.
This networking activity builds on over 20 years of organizational work that includes, in 2012, Adamson's service as President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE). She also founded and, for 12 years, led the American Studies Association’s Environment and Culture Caucus that successfully networked scholars addressing transnational social justice and environmental issues. This work resulted in two coedited collections: Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016), co-edited with HfE consultants, William A. Gleason and David N. Pellow, and American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, co-edited with Kimberly N. Ruffin (2013, Routledge).
Adamson is also author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (2001, U of Arizona P), a groundbreaking monograph that helped shift analytical focus in the field of ecocriticism away from “wilderness” and towards more serious consideration of social and environmental justice in transnational contexts. The book has been cited in dozens of languages, translated into Mandarin, and re-reviewed for its significance to the emerging field of the environmental humanities in the inaugural issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Sustainable Humanities (August 2013). Her co-edited collection, The Environmental Justice Reader (2002, U of Arizona P), co-edited with Rachel Stein and Mei Mei Evans, is also considered germinal to these discussions. Two additional collections have just appeared, Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice, co-edited with Michael Davis (Environmental Humanities Series, Iain McCalman and Libby Robin, Eds. Routledge 2016) and Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos, co-edited with Salma Monani (Routledge 2016).
Adamson has written over 70 articles, chapters and reviews focusing on the environmental humanities, indigenous perspectives on sustainability, ecocriticism, and the critical role humanities perspectives play in helping us understand the role of human societies and behaviors in either helping or hindering the creation of resilience, flourishing, and livable futures. This work can be found on her Academia.edu page. She has traveled throughout the US and to Australia, China, France, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan to deliver over 50 invited keynotes and lectures addressing these topics.