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[Cover art courtesy of Ana Mendieta, Fawazo, and Marina Zurkow]

I work in ecocultural theory, the environmental humanities, animal studies, the blue humanities, posthumanism, science studies, new materialism, gender theory, cultural studies, and multicultural American literatures. I focus on the sites where theoretical problems intersect with ethical and political matters, where scholarly questions collide with everyday life. I pursue cross-disciplinary modes of inquiry that allow the unexpected to emerge.

Academic Position: I am Professor of English, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

I served as the academic co-chair of the President's Sustainability Committee from 2009-2011, where I worked on everything from academic programs to landscaping and dining services--communicating with students, faculty, staff, and community members.I currently serve as the Director for the cross-disciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, a minor that I designed with two other faculty, one from Biology and one from Urban Planning.

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My first book, Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (Cornell 2000); investigates how North American women writers, theorists, and activists from the early 19th century to the late 20th century transformed troublesome conceptions of nature for feminist and sometimes environmentalist, ends, promoting surprisingly gender-minimizing figurations.

The collection Material Feminisms, edited with Susan J. Hekman, (Indiana 2008) places feminist theory at the forefront of the development of new materialisms.

My second book, Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana 2010), argues that "trans-corporeality, " a posthumanist mode of new materialism, is crucial for environmental theories, ethics, and political movements. Bodily Natures was awarded the ASLE Award for Ecocrticism, 2011.

In 2016, Protest and Pleasure: New Materialism, Environmental Activism, and Feminist Exposure will come out with University of Minnesota Press, along with Matter, an edited volume in the Gender series of MacMillian Interdisiciplinary Handbooks.

I am currently writing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss and considering new collaborative digital and print projects that will advance marine science studies and the blue humanities.

[For descriptions of the books, and for essays, articles, interviews, and other scholarship please click on my Research page or on my c.v.]

I have given many invited talks and plenary talks for audiences across many different disciplines. I have been honored to speak in Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Canada, and the U.S. on such topics as gender and climate change, anthropocene feminisms, environmentalism and architecture, bodily natures and "trans-corporeality," new materialism, and the science, politics, and aesthetics of sea creatures.

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I live with son and daughter, two dogs, and a cat, in Oak Cliff, Texas. I like to make my small city yard attractive for urban wildlife such as birds, butterflies, insects, and lizards. I love outdoor adventure travel, especially scuba diving, snorkeling/free diving, kayaking, biking, and hiking. I also love walking through cities with my fabulous and brilliant travel companion and girlfriend, enjoying architecture, landscapes, and art. My yoga practice, Ashtanga and Iyengar, is essential. Regrets include, not diving enough, not yet having time to do wildlife rescue, and not running off to join the Sea Shepherds. . . perhaps there is still time. . .

Alaimo at Oregon coast 2014

Stacy Alaimo, Oregon coast, 2014