Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English, Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a PI with the North American Observatory and West Cluster of “Humanities for the Environment” (HfE). http://hfe.wfu.edu/observatories/north-american-observatory/
This networking activity builds on over 20 years of organizational work that includes, in 2012, her service as President for the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE), a professional organization that has been networking environmental humanities scholars in 41 countries since the early 1990s. She also founded and, for 10 years, led the American Studies Association’s Environment and Culture Caucus, a group that successfully networked scholars addressing transnational social justice and environmental issues. This work resulted in two coedited collections, American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons (2013, Routledge). Another collection, Keywords for Environmental Studies, brings leading international figures from the humanities, sciences and social sciences together to think collectively about the issues facing humans in a time of rapid environmental change (in press, New York University Press, 2015).
Adamson is also author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (2001, U of Arizona P), a groundbreaking monograph that helped promote the notion of creative non-fiction, or “narrative scholarship,” in the field of the environmental humanities as a methodology to make academic work more accessible to a wider public. The book has been widely cited in dozens of languages and parts have been translated into Mandarin. Her co-edited collection, The Environmental Justice Reader (2002, U of Arizona P), expanded these discussions.
Adamson has written over 40 articles and reviews focusing on the environmental humanities, indigenous perspectives on sustainability, material ecocriticism, environmental literature and film, environmental justice, contested notions of “the commons,” food sovereignty, and critical plant studies. This work has taken her throughout the US, Mexico and Canada and to Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan to deliver over 35 invited keynotes and lectures.