Stephanie LeMenager

The Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor in English and American Literature

Professor of Environmental Studies


Over the years, my career developed toward the environmental humanities through programming and outreach work at my former university, UC-Santa Barbara, and through my founding roles in diverse green public humanities ventures, including the environmental humanities journal Resilience, co-founded with Professor Stephanie Foote of the University of Illinois. Other collaborations include the "i (heart) h2o" campus lab project for raising student awareness about water systems with artists Sara Daleiden and Therese Kelly and professor Janet Walker, international relationships with Stockholm University, where I have taught, and Mid-Sweden University, which will partner with University of Oregon faculty and graduate students to address environmental crises such as climate change through culture and media. I have been an invited steering committee member in the Mellon-sponsored "Humanities for the Environment" (HfE) Observatory administered at Arizona State University, a curatorial consultant at the Blaffer Museum in Houston, Texas, for an installation by Zina Saro Wiwa which addresses the legacies of oil and art in the Niger Delta, and have been a member of the "After Oil" research and public outreach collective, based in Canada. These projects, in addition to my recent book Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century (Oxford U Press, 2014), represent my commitment to building out the strengths of my training in literary and cultural studies toward interdisciplinary teaching and a broad discussion of what it means to be human in the era of climate change.