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Allison Carruth researches contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food cultures; art-science experimentation; and collaboration between the humanities and life sciences. She teaches at UCLA, where she is an Associate Professor in the English Department, Institute for Society and Genetics and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She currently serves as the faculty director of the UCLA Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). 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 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.