Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor in the English Department, Institute for Society and Genetics and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where she serves as faculty director and a PI of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). A co-founder of Play the LA River (2012-2015), she is involved in ongoing collaborations with artists, scientists and media makers. From 2011-2012, she served as the Associate Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Stanford University.
Her research interests include the interplay of food, politics and technology in American culture; experimental forms of environmental narrative, media and art especially as they interact with bioscience research and citizen science; and the ecological dimensions of digital technology. 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, forthcoming 2017), she is at work on a book project titled Creative Ecology in an Age of Crisis. Her current research falls into three main areas: the environmental rhetoric and impacts of cloud computing; histories and horizons of avant-garde engagements with food; and the rise of open source seed movements across the arts and sciences as a response to seed patenting.
Professor Carruth has published widely, including in 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.