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Allison Carruth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Center for the Study of Women. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she served as Associate Director of Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University and as a faculty member at the University of Oregon.
Her fields of research and teaching include post-1945 American literature, contemporary fiction and new media, food studies, science and technology studies, globalization theory, and the environmental humanities. Her first book is entitled Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current projects include “Seed Savers and Seed Networks: Narratives, Images, Infrastructure,” “Food Futures and the Transgenic Age” and “Wired City/Green City.” These projects examine relationships among literature, media, green design, and the biophysical sciences as these fields shape ideas about technology within urban food culture / agriculture. In addition, she is co-authoring a book entitled “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner (under contract with Routledge in the Contemporary Literature and Though series).
Carruth is Media Editor of the new journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and is involved with the journal Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.