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Allison Carruth researches and writes about American food cultures; literature and science; environmental narrative, media and art; and relationships between ecological thought and digital technology over the past half century. 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 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, 2017). A co-founder of the public art project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.