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Allison Carruth



Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the English Department, Institute for Society and Genetics and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She is the faculty director and a co-PI of UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).

She was a co-founder of the collaborative public art and community engagement project called Play the LA River. From 2011-2012, she served as the Associate Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Stanford University. Her research and teaching are primarily in the fields of American literature and culture (especially since 1945), food studies, new media art, science and technology studies and the environmental humanities.

She is 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 2017). She is at work on a new scholarly book project and accompanying series of immersive digital stories. That project’s preliminary title is Creative Ecology: Environmental Imagination and Invention in an Age of Crisis. Other current projects examine environmental narratives and material impacts of cloud computing; the history of avant-garde food writing and art; and the rise of open source seed movements across the arts and sciences as a response to seed patenting.

Professor Carruth has published in journals and forums such as ASAP/Journal, KCET Artbound, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities as well as in book collections from Oxford UP and Routledge. She has also organized several major conferences, including a 2011 international conference entitled Food Justice with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the 2016 public launch of LENS at the Earth Now/Earth 2050 symposium.

For more information visit allisoncarruth.com.