Allison Carruth researches contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food cultures; and histories and futures of collaboration between the humanities and sciences. She is an Associate Professor at UCLA, where she holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Chair for humanities education innovation. She is a faculty member in the Department of English and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and an affiliate of the Institute for Society and Genetics and Food Studies. Since 2015, she has been the founding director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).
She is the author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge 2013) and co-author with Amy L. Tigner of Literature and Food Studies (Routledge 2018). A co-founder of the multimedia public engagement project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.
On leave from UCLA during fall 2019, she will be in residence at Princeton University as the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow and a Visiting Associate Professor in American Studies.