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Joni Adamson is President's Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She writes on the centrality of the environmental humanities to the sustainability sciences, the design of desirable futures, climate fiction and film, Indigenous literatures and scientific literacies, the rights of nature movement, and the food justice movement. Her research has been supported by many awards and grants, including the 2019 Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship at the National Humanities Center.
She is the author and/or co-editor of eight books and special issues and 80 articles, chapters, reviews and blog posts which have been widely cited, reprinted, and translated into Mandarin and Spanish. She has been invited to keynote conferences and has lectured in Australia, China, England, Italy, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and throughout the U.S. Her organizational activities helped lay the foundations for transnational environmental American Studies and the environmental humanities. From 1998 to 2011, she founded and led the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA-ECC) and, in 2012, she was elected president of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE), the largest organization of environmental humanists in the world. She is currently Director of the North American Observatory (NAO) which is headquartered at ASU and part of the Humanities for the Environment global network which she helped to launch in 2013 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Adamson directs the Environmental Humanities certificate at ASU and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that explore environmental literature and film, environmental justice, global indigenous oral and written literatures, the rights of nature movement, and food studies. She is a dedicated teacher and, in 2014, was awarded the ASU Faculty Women's Association Mentorship Award.
Joni Adamson, Director and founding Convener, North American Observatory of the Humanities for the Environment global network and lead developer of its international website. Please visit our website!
Keynote. �We Have Never Been �Anthropos�: From Environmental Justice to Cosmopolitics.� "Nation in the Age of Environmental Crisis", Ecocriticism Network Symposium, Augsburg, Germany, July 17-18, 2015.
Lecture. �Life Overlooked: Humanities for the Environment,� Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium, The Franklin Environmental Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont, March 12, 2015.
Keynote. The Sixth International Conference in Ecodiscourse: Speculative Materialisms. �Toward a Future We Want: Material Ecocriticism and the Articulation of �Storied Matter (s),� Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan, December 19, 2014.
Lecture. �Networked Relations: Humanities for the Environment.� Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China. December 16, 2014.
Presentation. �Corn Mothers and Sunflowers: Critical Plant Studies, Multinatural Beings, and Cosmopolitics.� �The Environmental Humanities: Emergence and Impact,� Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, December 9, 2014.
HfE Lecture. �Humanities for the Environment: 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 Kong, June 5-8, 2014.
Keynote, �Gardens in the Desert: Migration, Diaspora and Food Sovereignty in the Work of Global Indigenous Women Writers,� International Migrants and Their Memories Conference,� National Sun-yat Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 5, 2013.
Lecture, �A Keyword for Environmental Studies: Imagination,� �Environmental Humanities in a Changing World,� Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University, March 8-9, 2013.
2019 Benjamin N. Duke National Humanities Center Senior Fellowship (External $35,000)
2017-2019 - PLuS Alliance Fellowship, PLuS Alliance, Arizona State University | Kings College London | University of New South Wales ($10,000)
2016-2017 - Virginia G. Piper Fellowship, Virginia G. Piper Center, Arizona State University, (Internal $15,000)
2016 - CLAS Humanities Research Incentive Award, (Internal $1,000)
2015 - NEH Guest Faculty. �The Environmental Humanities.� Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Institute. Virginia State University, May 18-22, 2015. (External)
2014 - ASU Faculty Women�s Association Outstanding Mentor Award
2012 - Visiting Scholar Fellowship, University of Alcal�, Alcal�, Spain, to work with members of GIECO (Grupo de Investigaci�n en Ecocr�tica) at the Instituto de Investigaci�n en Estudios Norteamericano, June 22-July 18, (External $2000)
2012 - Sabbatical Leave, Arizona State University, 7/2012�12/2012 (Internal)
2011 - NEH Guest Faculty, �What are the Environmental Humanities?� Rethinking the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute, Flagstaff, AZ. (External)
2010-11 - Fellowship, The Humanities and Human Origins, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, (Internal $8000)
2009 - National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend, "Nature and History at the Nation's Edge: A Field Institute in Environmental and Borderlands History," Tucson, AZ, June 14-July 11, (External $3200)
2009-2010 - Fellowship, Lincoln Polytechnic Ethics Seminar, Arizona State University, (Internal $4000)
Book Series Editor, New Developments in Sustainability and Society, Cambridge University Press, 2017- https://www.cambridge.org/core/series/new-directions-in-sustainability- and-society/195109EF9FE8DC76EF7071B17D0F7341
Co-editor, with Scott Slovic and Masumi Yuki, Routledge Environmental Humanities Book Series, https://www.routledge.com/sustainability/series/REH
Editorial Board Member, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, 2005-
Editorial Board Member, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 2011-
Editorial Board Member, Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series, Lexington Books, an academic imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2013-
Editorial Board Member, Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 2013-
Editorial Board Member, transFORMATIONS, 2014-
Editorial Board Associate, Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities, 2014-
American Studies Association American Society of Environmental History The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment The Modern Language Association MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States Environment and Culture Caucus, American Studies Association Diversity Caucus, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Western Literature Association
2009-present Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute for Sustainability 2014-present Inaugural Affiliate, Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing 2015-present Affiliate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society 2014-present Affiliate, American Studies MA Program, SHPRS 2014-present Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability 2013-present Program Faculty, Graduate Certificate of Nonfiction Writing 2009-present Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies
2013- Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, CLAS, Arizona State University 2006-2013 Associate Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, IHC, Arizona State University 2004-2006 Professor, English, University of Arizona, Sierra Vista 2001-2004 Associate Professor, English, University of Arizona, Sierra Vista 1996-2001 Assistant Professor, English, University of Arizona, Sierra Vista 1995-1996 Adjunct Senior Lecturer, English, University of Arizona, Tucson 1992-1995 Graduate Associate, English, University of Arizona, Tucson 1989-1992 Graduate Assistant, English, University of Arizona, Tucson