Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor at UCLA, where she currently holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for 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 and Food Studies program. She 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 culture; art-science experimentation; and collaboration between the humanities and life sciences. She also writes about the historical avant-garde as well as contemporary art movements in relationship to American 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 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, UCLA, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.