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Featured Faculty: Allison Carruth

Professor Allison Carruth is an Assistant Professor of English and the newest member of the Environmental Studies Program’s core faculty, having joined the program this past September. Allison arrived at the University of Oregon in 2008 after earning a PhD in English and American Literature from Stanford University.  She was awarded a Resident Scholar Fellowship with the Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics for 2010-11.

“I was delighted to become a core faculty member this fall,” says Allison. “The opportunity to collaborate with scholars working in areas such as riparian ecosystems, urban planning and environmental ethics enriches my own research and teaching.”

As a Resident Scholar with the Wayne Morse Center, Professor Carruth is organized an interdisciplinary conference that brought together scholars, policymakers, nonprofit leaders, farmers and food purveyors to consider questions of food justice, security, and sustainability.  The Food Justice Conference took place in February 2011, and featured Indian activist Vandana Shiva, farm policy leader Fred Kirschenmann, and Gastronomica founding editor Darra Goldstein, among others.

Dr. Carruth is particularly fascinated by questions that explore the intersection of food, technology, and the arts.  In her scholarship, she draws from multiple disciplines to ask how contemporary writers, media makers, and artists understand environmental problems around industrial agriculture and biotechnology.  Allison completed her first book, Global Appetites:  Imagining the Power of Food, this summer.  She is currently working on a new project, titled Bio-Art: Mediating Science in the Transgenic Era, also funded by her fellowship with the Wayne Morse Center.

Bio-Art investigates a group of writers, artists, architects, molecular biologists, and even product engineers who are bridging two cultural divides:  the division of art and science and the tension between technological development and environmental conservation,” says Allison.

When not working on her academic pursuits, Allison can be found cooking, skiing, or maintaining her blog.

To learn more about Allison Carruth’s work, please visit her website.

Read about other Environmental Studies Program students and faculty members here.