Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA, where she currently holds the Neikirk Chair in Undergraduate Education Innovation (2018-2021). She is a faculty member of the Department of English and Institute for Society and Genetics and is affiliated with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She also serves as director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). A co-founder of the public engagement project Play the LA River, she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers.
Her interests include contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food cultures; art-science experimentation; and collaboration between the humanities and life sciences. She also writes about the historical avant-garde and other counter-cultural aesthetic movements in relationship to environmental thought. 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), she is working on a new book provisionally titled Novel Ecosystems, Wild Technologies: Reinventing Nature for Climate Change.
She has published widely, including in American Literary History, ASAP/Journal, KCET Artbound, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and in collections such as Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. Her research and collaborative projects have been supported by ArtPlace America, the National Science Foundation, the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and UCLA.