Professor Stacy Alaimo researches and teaches across the environmental humanities, science studies, animal studies, American literature, cultural studies, gender theory, and critical theory, focusing, more specifically, on developing models of new materialism, material feminisms, environmental justice, and, most recently, the blue (oceanic) humanities. Her work explores the intersections between literary, artistic, political, and philosophical approaches to environmentalism along with the practices and experiences of everyday life.
Her publications include Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space(Cornell, 2000); Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana 2010), which won the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment book award for Ecocriticism; and Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times (Minnesota 2016). She co-edited Material Feminisms(2008) with Susan J. Hekman, edited the 28-chapter volume Matter (2016) in the Gender series of Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, and edited a special volume of Configurations on Science Studies and the Blue Humanities. Dr. Alaimo has published more than 60 scholarly articles, chapters and other essays on such topics as gender and climate change, queer animals, anthropocene feminisms, marine science studies, blue humanities, material ecocriticism, and new materialist theory. Her work has been/is being translated into at least 10 languages, including a Greek activist zine. Her concept of “transcorporeality” has been widely taken up in the arts, humanities, and sciences-- featured, for example, as a topic in The Posthuman Glossary, and the focus of an art exhibit in Cologne, Germany. She is currently writingComposing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss, as well as co-editing a new book series, “Elements,” with Nicole Starosielski and Courtney Berger for Duke University Press.
In her previous position as Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Alaimo won numerous teaching and graduate mentoring awards. She also worked to develop campus sustainability and academic programs in environmental studies, by serving as the Academic co-chair for the President’s Sustainability Committee and establishing and directing a cross-disciplinary minor in environmental and sustainability studies. Her service to the larger profession includes chairing the inaugural MLA Forum on Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities, serving on the international evaluation team for the massive MISTRAS/FORMAS Environmental Humanities program competition in Stockholm, and serving as the Co-President of ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.
She will be serving as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English from Fall 2022 to Summer 2025.