I grew up on the coast of Maine and was educated in New England, Britain and the Pacific Northwest. In all cases, the wild places around me have guided and motivated me. The mountains pointed me toward Utah and they continue to give me wonder mixed with fear — what some call the sublime.
Now I am the Director of Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. My work focuses on human relations to the natural world, and on the extraordinary creative expressions of modernist literature. I’ve been a Fulbright fellow, a Mellon Fellow to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and I’ve had research fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University.
Environmental Leadership seminar at the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center
Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking
Green Modernism: Nature and the English novel 1900-1930. (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillian)
“A Choice of Nightmares: The Ecology of Heart of Darkness.” Modern Fiction Studies
“A Wild Way of Seeing.” The Alpine Journal.