Allison Carruth

Professor, Program in American Studies and High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University

Allison Carruth is on the faculty of Princeton University, where she directs the Environmental Media Lab and the lab's ongoing Climate Story Incubator. She is the author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food and was the inaugural director of the UCLA Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). Her research interests include environmental narrative, media and art; science communication; contemporary food movements; and evolving relationships between technology, ecology and environmentalism in American culture.

Princeton Environmental Media Lab

The Princeton Environmental Media Lab launched in 2021 as a space for research, invention and communication. The lab's mission is to cultivate stories that illuminate pressing environmental problems and catalyze action. It will apply new and old media to science communication and environmental storytelling experiments and will partner with artists, journalists, writers, activists and community leaders who work to effect transformational change for a more livable world.

Featured Talks & Events

Nature by Design

November 18, 2019

Proposals to revive and reintroduce extinct species—known as de-extinction—garner outsize attention in discussions of biodiversity loss and climate adaptation. “Nature by Design” compares the scientific literature and popular science around de-extinction as it has been envisioned in the U.S. and considers its complicated relationship to the discourse of rewilding cities, farmlands, forests and parks.