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PhD, Stanford University
BA, Grinnell College 



American literature and culture (20th-21st centuries), environmental narrative, literature and science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), critical food studies, new media art.


Allison Carruth joined the UCLA English Department faculty in 2012, and is also a faculty member in the Institute for Society and Genetics and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She currently serves as the faculty director of LENS (Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies).

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.

She has received support from ArtPlace America, the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), UCLA, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and others. Professor Carruth's other publications include a special issue of Public Culture on "Visualizing the Environment" (2014) as well as articles in ASAP/Journal, Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, PMLA, Public Culture, and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. With several collaborators, she co-founded the public art and environmental outreach project Play the LA River.

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