Allison Carruth is on the faculty at Princeton University, where she is Professor of American Studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. She has held prior faculty appointments at UCLA and the University of Oregon. 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.
For over a decade, her scholarship and creative practice have bridged ideas from and re-imagined the boundaries between the arts, humanities and sciences. Collaborative projects have been central to this work—from the Food Justice Conference to Play the LA River. From 2016-2020, she was the founding director of UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). While leading LENS, she was an executive producer of an environmental series featuring original essays and documentary films, developed in partnership with KCET, the country's largest public media outlet.
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 that is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Her 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 work has 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.