Sarah D Wald

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  • Title: Associate Professor, Environmental Studies & English
  • Additional Title: Associate Director of Environmental Studies; Director of Graduate Admissions for English
  • Phone: 541-346-1613
  • Office: 443 PLC
  • Office Hours: F21: WED 12-3; on zoom or in person. Masks required. Sign up here:
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies, IRES
  • Interests: The Relationship Between Race and The Environment, Immigration and Citizenship, Food Studies, Environmental Justice, and Nature In Popular Culture, Comparative Approach to Asian American and Latinx Literature and Culture
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Ph.D., American Studies (formerly American Civilization), Brown University, May 2009.

M.A., American Studies (formerly American Civilization), Brown University, May 2004.

B.A., American Studies, Reed College, May 2001.


The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl. Seattle: University of Washington Press, May 2016. 

“Sustainable Harvests: Food Justice, Community-Based Learning, and Environmental Justice Pedagogy.” Service Learning and Literary Studies in English. Eds. Laurie Grobman and Roberta Rosenberg.   Modern Language Association. Options in Teaching Series.  Forthcoming.  March 2015.

“Hisaye Yamamoto as Radical Agrarian.”  Asian American Literature and the Environment.  Eds. Lorna Fitzsimmons, Youngsuk Chae, and Bella Adams.  (New York: Routledge Press, 2014).  Forthcoming. 

“‘Refusing to Halt’: Mobility and the Quest for Spatial Justice  in Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them and Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange.” Western American Literature 48 1 & 2 (Spring & Summer 2013): 70-89.

“Teaching Diversity with an Inclusive Ecocriticism.”  On-Line Teaching Guide to The Colors of Nature. Milkweed Press. 2013. Web 

 “Planting Japanese Roots in U.S. Soil: Ecological Citizenship in David Mas Masumoto’s Harvest Son and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s The Legend of Fire Horse Woman. American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons. Eds. Joni Adamson & Kimberly Ruffin. New York: Routledge Press, 2012. 87-100. 

 “Visible Farmers/Invisible Workers: Locating Immigrant Labor in Food Studies.” Food, Culture, and Society 14.4 (December 2011): 567-586.

“‘We ain’t foreign’: Constructing the Joads’ White Citizenship.” The Grapes of Wrath: A Reconsideration. Michael J. Meyer, ed.  Dialogue Series.  Volume 2. Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2009. 481-505. 


Book Cover for "Latinx Environmentalisms"

The whiteness of mainstream environmentalism often fails to account for the richness and variety of Latinx environmental thought. Building on insights of environmental justice scholarship as well as critical race and ethnic studies, the editors and contributors to Latinx Environmentalisms map the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and... Read more

The Nature of California

The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the... Read more


Term CRN Course Section Title Fulfills Syllabus
Fall 2021 12385 ENG 660 American Literature: Racial Ecologies Graduate Studies PDF icon Download (415.67 KB)