Collegiate Affiliation

Dan Philippon studies American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. He seeks to understand the rhetorical strategies and practical effects of literary texts and their creators, particularly with regard to the historical roots of our contemporary environmental values. His scholarship is grounded most firmly in the area of literary criticism known as "ecocriticism," but it is also strongly influenced by current work in environmental history, environmental ethics, and conservation biology. He also teaches a range of courses that concern the environmental humanities, literary nonfiction writing, and sustainability studies, and he is a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: English, University of Virginia, 1998


  • ideas of nature, culture, and place
  • environmental literature, history, and ethics
  • human dimensions of conservation biology
  • food studies and sustainability