Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Institute for Society and Genetics, and Center for the Study of Women. 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, food studies, and science and technology studies (STS). 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 “Radical Gardens, Digital Times: From Server Farms to Seed Libraries in Contemporary American Culture.” She is also co-authoring “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner, and working on a long-term project about the environmental implications and utopian rhetoric of cloud computing.
Carruth is Media Editor of the new journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. In 2011, she organized a national conference entitled Food Justice with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. 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.