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Stacy Alaimo, Ph.D.

Stacy Alaimo

Professor of English, Distinguished Teaching Professor

Academic Background

Ph.D.  University of Illinois, Department of English, May 1994.                          

Certificate. The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Ilinois, 1993.

M.A.  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of English, 1986.


Areas of Sustainability/Environmental Expertise

Interdisciplinary environmental humanities and environmental science studies, specifically: environmental literature, film, culture, and theory; gender and environment; environmental health and environmental justice; posthumanism; animal studies; marine animal studies and ocean conservation movements.


Summary of Current and Ongoing Research

My last book, Bodily Natures: Science, Environment and the Material Self (Indiana UP, 2010), argues that focusing on "trans-corporeality"--the movement across human bodies and nonhuman nature--profoundly alters our sense of human subjectivity, environmental ethics, and the individual's relation to scientific knowledge. The book engages with feminist theory, science studies, environmental philosophy, and a range of literary, popular, and scientific texts, as well as photography, film, and activist web sites.  My new book project, Sea Creatures and the Limits of Animal Studies: Science, Aesthetics, Biopolitics, investigates the science, art, film, and literature of deep sea animals, asking what modes of ethical recognition and reorientation these unfathomable creatures may spark.   Several companion essays about ocean ecologies and new materialism are published and forthcoming (see my website for details.)


Publications and Research

Bodily Natures:  Science, Environment, and the Material Self, Indiana University Press, 2010.

“Sustainable This, Sustainable That: New Materialisms, Posthumanism, and Unknown Futures.” Invited essay for the PMLA “Theories and Methodologies” section. 127.3 (May 2012): 558-564.

“Oceanic Origins, Plastic Activism, and New Materialism at Sea” Invited essay for Material Ecocriticism, edited by Serenella Iovino, Serpil Oppermann, University of Indiana Press, forthcoming, 2013.


“Violet-Black: Ecologies of the Abyssal Zone.” Invited chapter for Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green, edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2013.


“States of Suspension: Trans-Corporeality at Sea,” Invited essay for special issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, on “Material Ecocriticsm,” ed. by Heather Sullivan and Dana Phillips.  19.3 Summer 2012: 476-493.


[More books and articles are listed on my c.v.:]


Awards and Grants

ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) Book Award for Ecocriticism:  Bodily Natures:  Science, Environment, and the Material Self, Indiana University Press, 2010

Friends of the Princeton University Library, Library Research Grant, 2011-2012. William Beebe Archives, “The Sea Creatures of William Beebe: Science, Aesthetics, Ethics”


On Sustainability 

Climate change, pollution, pervasive toxins, resource depletion, the many threats to marine ecologies, and the extinction of a massive number of species require that every area of human inquiry, creation, and design address sustainability and the environment. In other words, nearly every discipline in the university can contribute in valuable ways to environmental and sustainability studies.  Furthermore, sustainability requires that we think beyond disciplinary parameters in our research, teaching, and every day lives.   It is crucial--for the survival of diverse species, habitats, and ecosystems--that we learn to forge connections between knowledges, systems, and personal practices in order to substantially transform our way of being in the world.