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Thank you for visiting my site. This is a general overview; however, more information is located in greater detail throughout the site.

Current Position: 
I am Professor of English and Environmental Humanities and a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. I am also Director of the ASU Environmental Humanities Certificate

I am past President (2012) of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE), a professional organization with an active membership of 1450 scholars, educators, students, and scientists in 41 countries. I am the author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (2001, U of Arizona P) and co-editor, with Kimberly N. Ruffin, of the new collection, American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons (2013, Routledge).  I co-edited The Environmental Justice Reader (2002, U of Arizona P, with Mei Mei Evans and Rachel Stein), a groundbreaking collection cited in many languages and credited with helping shift the field of ecocriticism towards “ecojustice revisionism.” I have delivered keynotes and lectures in the US, Germany, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan and given over 50 conference presentations.  I have written articles, chapters and reviews focusing on contemporary literature and film, cosmopolitics, environmental justice, contested notions of “the commons,” food sovereignty, and global indigenous environmentalisms and organizing.  I serve on the editorial boards of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Resilience: A Journal of the Sustainable Humanities; and Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.  I am currently at work on two projects: 1) Keywords for Environmental Studies  (co-edited with William Gleason and David Pellow, forthcoming from New York University Press).  At ASU, I am Co-PI and Co-Director of the IHR's CHCI / Mellon grant, "Humanities for the Environment,"  and 2) a book to be titled, “Cosmopolitics: Narrative, Networks, and the Future of the Environmental Humanities,” which outlines two of the most important new directions in the environmental humanities, namely, multispecies ethnography and biosemiotics, both of which illuminate the meaning of “cosmopolitics,” a worldwide network of social and environmental justice groups that are seeking to win recognition for the “right” to intergenerational justice for nonhuman species and entities.  The book expands on the concept of “storied matter” and explicates the ways in which the Environmental Humanities are opening innovative possibilities for cultural and narrative analysis that is more firmly and productively rooted in the sciences of nature.

For names of graduate and undergraduate students and project titles, please go to the sidebar at the right, under "Teaching," and click on "Students."

Research Interests:
  • Environmental Literature and Film 
  • Critical Environmental Justice Studies and Ecocriticism 
  • Global Indigenous Studies 
  • Transnational American Literature 
  • Cosmopolitics 
  • American Southwest Literature and Film 
  • Food Justice/Sovereignty
  • Ethnobotanial Knowledges and Oral Narratives

Recent Announcements

  • ASU a Part of "Humanities for the Environment"! The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and ASU's Institute for Humanities Resarch (IHR) a grant to study "Humanities for the ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2013, 11:29 AM by Joni Adamson
  • Upcoming Lectures! “Toward the Cosmolopocene: Articulating `Storied Matter’ in the Multiverse.”  The Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI): Performative Humanities.  The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 6:01 AM by Joni Adamson
  • American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons Edited by Joni Adamson and Kimberly N. Ruffin (Routledge, 2013).See our Routledge page.   
    Posted Apr 3, 2013, 12:02 PM by Joni Adamson
  • See my new article, "¡Todos Somos Indios!"   The entire SPECIAL FORUM: "Charting Transnational Native American Studies: Aesthetics, Politics, Identity" can be accessed, free of charge, here: http://escholarship.org/uc/acgcc_jtas.   The introduction,  by Hsinya Huang ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2012, 8:21 AM by Joni Adamson
  • Indigenous Rights in the Age of the UN Declaration is out! http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6697081/?site_locale=en_US   See my chapter, "Seeking the corn mother: transnational indigenous community building and organizing, food sovereignty and native literary ...
    Posted May 29, 2012, 6:33 PM by Joni Adamson
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