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Joni Adamson

Senior Sustainability Scholar

Joni Adamson is a Convener of the North American Observatory of the “Humanities for the Environment” (HfE) international networking project and Lead Developer for the project’s website.  She is Professor of English and Environmental Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She was 2012 President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE).  She founded and led the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association for eleven years (ASA-ECC).  She directs the Environmental Humanities  Initiative at ASU and is the author and/or co-editor of many books and volumes that helped to establish and expand the environmental humanities and environmental studies, including Humanities for the Environment (HfE): Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice (2016, Routledge); Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies—Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge 2016); Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016); American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship (Routledge 2013); and The Environmental Justice Reader (University of Arizona Press, 2002). Her groundbreaking monograph, American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001) was published at the leading edge of the environmental justice movement and helped shape transnational American Studies and environmental justice ecocriticism. Adamson has written over 70 articles, chapters and reviews on indigenous perspectives on environmental justice and cosmopolitics, citizenship and the commons, material ecocriticism, food justice, the arts of futurity, critical plant studies, and the eco-digital humanities.