Contributors

Catherine Engh is a PhD candidate in the English program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, an adjunct instructor of English at Hunter College, and a writing across the curriculum fellow at Laguardia Community College. Her dissertation, titled “British Romanticism and the Problem of Natural Development,” addresses the difficulties that Romantic writers encounter as they as seek to mobilize nature for programs of human improvement. She has taught courses focusing on questions of environmentalism, artistic authority, and gender in literature. She has publications forthcoming in New Approaches to Teaching Jane Austen’s Persuasion and English Language Notes. She has served as a co-chair of the Ecocriticism Public Working Group at the Graduate Center, funded in part by the Doctoral Student Council and the Center for the Humanities, and she co-organized this syllabus project with Christina Katopodis.

Rebecca Fullan is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation focuses on contemporary Native American literature, and her research interests range from medieval mysticism to speculative fiction, and include feminism and queer studies, critical race studies, and ecocriticism. Fullan has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and an AB in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught Composition and Literature courses at John Jay College and LaGuardia Community College. 

Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English and a Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and an adjunct at Hunter College. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize and the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award. Katopodis’s research has been supported by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016), and two consecutive GC Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants (2016-18). She records sounds at Walden Pond for her digital humanities project, The Walden Soundscape, an award-winning website that makes sounds at Walden Pond accessible to a wide audience, and calls for a new approach to reading as listening to a text. She has a forthcoming article in ESQ, titled “Vibrational Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century American Soundscape: Music and Noise in Walden.”

Kaitlin Mondello received her Ph.D. in English in 2018 from The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Teaching and Learning Center. Her research focuses on environmental literature, science, and philosophy in the nineteenth century and their relevance to current debates about climate change and the Anthropocene. She is a member of the Climate Action Lab and founded the Ecocriticism Public Working Group through The Center for the Humanities at CUNY. Her scholarly work in Science Studies and Animal Studies has appeared in Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies (Lexington Books, 2016) and Essays in Romanticism (2017). She is also the editor of the blog Visible Pedagogy.

Alexander Schlutz is associate professor of English at the Graduate Center and John Jay College at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he coordinates the interdisciplinary Sustainability and Environmental Justice program. His research and teaching interests include questions in British and German Romanticism, literature and ecology, and environmental justice. He is the author of Mind’s World. Imagination and Subjectivity from Descartes to Romanticism, winner of the 2009 International Conference on Romanticism’s Jean-Pierre Barricelli Award for the best book in Romanticism studies, and he is associate editor of the journal Essays in Romanticism. His essays have appeared in leading Romanticism journals, edited collections, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Megan Wiessner is a doctoral student in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her art and academic research both focus on the feedback between material environments and aesthetic experiences, and on the environmental and cultural politics of design in architecture and textiles. This work investigates how humans live out their relationships with their environments through sensory dispositions and representational practices as well as through explicit narratives. She holds an MSc in Human Geography from the University of Oxford.

Eric Dean Wilson is a writer, educator, and doctoral student in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research centers around literature and rhetorics of the climate crisis, and how it intersects with American Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Queer Studies. He’s taught undergraduate writing at Ramapo College and The New School and is currently teaching at Queens College. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, he has also published a number of creative nonfiction pieces and is currently working on a book that explores the connection between personal comfort and the climate crisis in America through a history of Freon and air conditioning.

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