Stacy Alaimo

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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 Configurationon 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 writing Composing 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.

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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.





This extremely wide-ranging and transdisciplinary volume places scholarship engaging with matter and materiality at the heart of gender studies. One of the most notable aspects of this collection is that the essays are substantial, theoretically nuanced, engaging, and state of the art, and yet they are written in a clear, accessible, manner, with ample explanations and definitions. The 28... Read more

Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times

Exposed calls for an environmental stance in which, rather than operating from an externalized perspective, we think, feel, and act as the very stuff of the world. Alaimo puts scientists, activists, artists, writers, and theorists in conversation, revealing that the state of the planet in the twenty-first century has radically transformed ethics, politics, and what it means to be... Read more

How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies? What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world? Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the human body.... Read more