Literature and the Environment

A Research Center at UC Santa Barbara Department of English

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UC Santa Barbara’s English Department is a national leader in the study of Literature and the Environment. Our comprehensive literary engagement makes us unique; we have seamless, strong coverage in ecocritical and environmental humanities coursework from the early Renaissance through the 21st century. We also explore environmental issues through various methodological and cultural approaches, with such emphases as non-human/human relations, environmental and social justice within a global (rather than national) context, science and technology studies (STS) and the political impact of institutions, networks, and regimes on bodies and the biosphere. You can read more about us here.


Melody Jue ( Director, 2021-2022) at

Maile Young and Surojit Kayal ( Research Assistants, 2021-2022) at and

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