Allison Carruth 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). In 2019, she is the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University.
Her interests include contemporary environmental narrative, media and art; American food cultures; and histories and futures of collaboration between the humanities and sciences. She also writes about both the historical avant-garde and current art practices in relationship to U.S. environmental thought. A co-founder of Play the LA River, she has been involved in a wide range of public environmental projects since 2010.
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 currently completing a book titled Novel Ecologies. Publications have appeared in American Literary History, ASAP/Journal, KCET, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, Parallax, Public Culture, Public Books, PMLA and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities as well as collections such as Postcolonial Ecologies and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities.
Her research and collaborations have been supported by ArtPlace America, the National Science Foundation, Princeton University, UCLA, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.