Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the English Department, Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Prior to UCLA, she served as Associate Director of Science, Technology and Society at Stanford. She is currently working on a collaborative public art and environmental outreach project called Play the LA River.
Her fields of research and teaching include the environmental humanities, 20-21c American literature and culture, critical food studies, science and technology studies (STS), contemporary fiction and new media art. She also has a longstanding interest in avant-garde writing and experimental art practices. Her first book is entitled Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current book project is titled “Amateur Cultures, Digital Times: Aesthetics and Practices of American Environmentalism.” She is also co-authoring the book “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner, and working on two longer-term projects: one exploring avant-garde aesthetics and green politics in the modern period and another about the environmental implications versus utopian narratives of cloud computing.
Recent publications include essays in Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture and Public Books and in book collections from Oxford UP and Routledge. She has organized several major conferences and symposia, including, in 2011 a national conference entitled Food Justice with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.