Joni Adamson is Professor of English and Environmental Humanities in the School of Letters and Sciences, Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability, Program Faculty in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology and an affiliate of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University where she is Dorector of the Undergraduate Certification in Environmental Humanities. She is is past President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (2012; ASLE), a professional organization with an active membership of 1,450 scholars, educators, students, and scientists in 41 countries. She is the author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (2011, University of Arizona Press)/ An excerpt of this book was recently published in the Journal of Jiangsu University in China. She is co-editor, with Kimberly N. Ruffin, of American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons (2013, Routledge) and with Mei Mei Evans and Rachel Stein, of The Environmental Justice Reader (2002, University of Arizona Press), a groundbreaking collection cited by scholars around the world and credited with helping to shift the field of ecocriticism towards "ecojustice revisionism." She has delivered over 30 invited keynotes and lectures in Scotland, Spain, Germany, Taiwan and the US and given over 50 conference presentations. She has written articles and reviews focusing on contemporary literature and film, cosmopolitics, environmental justice, contested notions of "the commons," food sovereignty, and global indigenous environmentalisms and organizing which have been published in leading journals including Environmental Justice, American Literary History, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US, and Studies in American Indian Literature. She serves on the editorial boards of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Resilience: A Journal of the Sustainable Humanities; Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment; and Challenges in Sustainability. She also is an Editorial Board member for Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice book series. She is currently at work on Keywords for Environmental Studies (co-edited with William Gleason and David Pellow, forthcoming from New York University Press). At ASU, she serves as a member of the Consortium on Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research. She is also Co-PI and Co-Director, with Sally Kitch, of a Mellon Foundation Grant awarded to ASU to develop the "Humanities for the Environment," 2013-2015.
Ph.D., English, University of Arizona, 1995
M.A., English, Brigham Young University, 1987
B.A., Secondary Education/History/French, Idaho State University, 1981
Adamson, J. 2012. Indigenous literatures, multinaturalism, and Avatar: The emergence of indigenous cosmopolitics. American Literary History 24(1):143-167. DOI: 10.1093/alh/ajr053. (link)
Adamson, J. 2012. Whale as cosmos: Multi-species enthnography and contemporary indigenous cosmopolitics. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 64:29-46.
Adamson, J. 2012. "¡Todos Somos Indios!" Revolutionary imagination, alternative modernity, and transnational organizing in the work of Silko, Tamez and Anzaldúa. The Journal of Transnational American Studies 4(1):1-26. (link)
Adamson, J. 2011. Medicine food: Critical environmental justice studies, Native North American literature, and the movement of food sovereignty. Environmental Justice 4(4):213-219. DOI: 10.1089/env.2010.0035. (link)
Adamson, J. 2010. Environmental justice and Third Wave ecocrtical approaches to literature and film. ECOZON@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 1(1):.
Adamson, J. 2010. American literature and film from a planetary perspective: Teaching space, time, and scale. Transformations 21(1):23-41, 169. (link)
Adamson, J. 2009. Coming home to eat: Re-imagining place in the age of global climate change. Tamkang Review 39(2):3-26.
Adamson, J. and S. Slovic. 2009. The shoulders we stand on: An introduction to ethnicity and ecocriticism. Special Issue: Ethnicity and Ecocriticism, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US 34(2):5-24.
Adamson, J. 2004. The challenge of speaking first: A tribute to Simon Ortiz. Studies in American Indian Literature 16(4):57-60.
Adamson, J. and R. Stein. 2000. Environmental justice: A roundtable discussion. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 7(2):155-170.
Adamson, J. 1992. Why bears are good to think and theory doesn't have to be another form of murder: Transformation and oral tradition in Louise Erdich's Tracks. Studies in American Indian Literatures 4(1):28-48.
Adamson, J. 1992. "The truth is we live on dry land": Language as homland in Louis Erdrich's Love Medicine. Letterature d'America 47-48:37-55.
Adamson, J., W. Gleason and D. N. Pellow. In Press. Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture. New York University Press.
Adamson, J. and K. N. Ruffin. In Press. American Studies, Ecocrticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons. Routledge.
Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein. 2002. The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. The University of Arizona Press.
Adamson, J. 2001. American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism: The Middle Place. The University of Arizona Press.
Adamson, J. Environmental justice, cosmopolitics and climate change. In: Westling, L. ed., The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Environment. Cambridge University Press.
Adamson, J. Imagination. In: Adamson, J., W. Gleason and D. N. Pellow eds., Keywords for Environmental Studies. New York University Press.
Adamson, J. Source of life: Avatar, Amazonia, and an ecology of selves. In: Iovino, S. and S. Opperman eds., Material Ecocriticism. University of Indiana Press.
Adamson, J. Cosmovisions: Environmental justice, transnational American studies, and indigenous literature. In: Gerrard, G. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Oxford University Press.
Adamson, J. 2012. Seeking the Corn Mother: Transnational indigenous community building and organizing, food sovereignty and native literary studies. Pp. 228-249 In: Pulitano, E. ed., We the Peoples: Indigenous Rights in the Age of Declaration. Cambridge University Press.
Adamson, J. 2012. Spiky green life: Environmental, food and sexual justice themes in Sapphire's PUSH. In: McNeil, E., N. Lester, D. Fulton Minor and L. Myles eds., Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Feminist Pedagogies, Erotic Literacies, Environmental Justice Perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan.
Adamson, J. 2010. Literature and environment studies and the influence of the environmental justice movement. Pp. 593-607 In: Lauter, P. ed., A Companion to American Literature and Culture. Wiley-Blackwell.
Adamson, J. 2008. "For the sake of the land and all people": Teaching American Indian literature. Pp. 194-202 In: Waage, F. O. and L. Christiansen eds., Teaching North American Environmental Literature. MLA Press.
Adamson, J. and R. Stein. 2002. Environmental justice: A roundtable discussion with Simon Ortiz, Teresa Lele, Devon Pena, and Terrell Dixon. Pp. 15-26 In: Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein eds., The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. The University of Arizona Press.
Adamson, J. 2002. Encounter with a Mexican jaguar: Nature, NAFTA, militarization and ranching in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Pp. 221-240 Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital, and Citizenship at the U.S. Borders. Palgrove.
Adamson, J. 2002. Throwing rocks at the sun: An interview with Teresa Leal. Pp. 44-57 In: Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein eds., The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. University of Arizona Press.
Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein. 2002. Introduction. Pp. 3-14 In: Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein eds., The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. The University of Arizona Press.
Adamson, J. 1998. Towards an ecology of justice: Transformative literary theory and practice. Pp. 9-17 Reading the Earth: New Diretions in the Study of Literature and the Environment. University of Idaho Press.
Adamson, J. 2013. Source of life: Avatar, Amazonia, and an ecology of selves. Workshop leader at 23 January 2013 Mellon Research Initiative in Enviornments and Societies, University of California-Davis.
Wittig, A., J. Adamson, J. J. Elser and L. Guevara. 2013. Effectiveness of the modified field trip curriculum: Teaching the importance of good conservation habits. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Adamson, J. 2005. American studies scholars as public intellectuals? What can be learned from place-based enviornmental justice activism. Presentation at the 2005 American Studies Association, Conference, Washington, D.C.
Adamson, J. 2013. Rethinking the "environmental imagination" in the context of multispecies ethnography and cosmopolitics. Keynote presentation at the 17-18 February 2013 Ecocriticism: Transpacific Dialogue Conference, University of Central Florida and the Beijing Language and Culture University.
Adamson, J. 2013. A keyword for environmental studies: Imagination. Presentation at the 8-9 March 2013 Environmental Humanities in a Changing World, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
Adamson, J. 2012. "¡Todos Somos Indios!" Indigenous organizing and activist literatures of the Americas. Presentation at the 14-17 June 2012 ASLE Symposium Environment, Culture, Place in a Rapidly Changing North, Juneau, Alaska.
Adamson, J. 2012. Source of light: New biosemiotic understanding of indigenous literatures and ecological knowledges. Presentation at the 12 July 2012 Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies, Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
Adamson, J. 2012. Rethinking the commons: How the Humanities power our fights for food and climate justice. Presentation at 24 October 2012 English, Environmental Studies, and the Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon.
Adamson, J. 2012. Keywords in the study of environment and culture: Imagination. Towards a sustainable future: opportunities for collaborations between the humanities and the sciences. Presentation at the 20 March 2012 Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen UK.
Adamson, J. 2012. If a tree falls: Multispecies ethnography, Amazonia imagination and new answers to old questions. Plenary Speaker/Keynote at 27 June 2012 Fifth European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment Conference, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Adamson, J. 2012. "¡Todos Somos Indios!" Human and civil rights and rights for nature in indegenous American organizing. Presentation at the 5 July 2012 Jornada de Ecologia y Culturas y Literaturas Amerindias and Grupo de Investigatión en Ecocritica Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Acalá, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain.
Adamson, J. 2011. Mother/mater/matrix: How the humanities power our fight for climate justice. Presentation at the 11 February 2011 Sustainability in America Symposium; for the Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities and American Literary History.
Adamson, J. 2011. Environmental imagination. Presentation at the 20-23 October 2011 American Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
Adamson, J. 2011. Anthologizing ecocriticism. Presentation at the 21-26 June 2011 Ninth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Bloomington, Indiana.
Adamson, J. 2011. The toxic tour: Ten years of history and reflection. Presentation at the 13-17 April 2011 History and Sustainability, American Society for Environmental History, Phoenix, Arizona.
Adamson, J. 2010. Hometree: Linda Hogan's People of the Whale, James Cameron's Avatar and the struggle to save the divine trees of Taiwan. Presentation at the 16-18 December 2010 Fifth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, Taipei, Taiwan.
Adamson, J. 2010. Race and indigeneity in Avatar: The role of film in addressing climate change. Presentation at the 16-18 November 2010 American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Adamson, J. 2010. Ecocriticism, environmental justice and global indigenous studies. Presentation at the 1-4 September 2010 Environmental Change-Cultural Change Conference, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.
Adamson, J. 2010. Food medicine: Environmental justice critical studies, Native North American women's writing and the movement for food sovereignty. Presentation at the 22-24 May 2010 Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference, Tucson, Arizona.
Adamson, J. 2010. Mother/mater/matrix: The future of the environmental humanities. Presentation at the 14 December 2010 National Sun Yat sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Adamson, J. 2009. Moby Dick, People of the Whale, and Whale Rider: An eco-planetary reading of indigenous American and Austronesian literatures and film. Presentation at the 3-6 June 2009 Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Adamson, J. 2009. Letters from an American Farmer, Babel, and the Matrix: Imagining new forms of ecological citizenship. Presentation at the 5-8 November 2009 American Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C.
Adamson, J. 2008. Do race, class, and environmental justice still matter? Critiquing Break Through and the "new" environmental movements. Presentation at the 16-19 October 2008 American Studies Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Adamson, J. 2008. "To change in a good way": Native American literatures, place-based transience, and diasporic residency. Presentation at the 6 June 2008 International Conference on Foreign Literature Teaching, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan.
Adamson, J. 2008. Coming home to eat: Re-imaging place in the age of global climate change. Presentation at the 23 May 2008 The Fourth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, Taipei, Taiwan.
Adamson, J. 2008. Transnational indigenous community building and organizing: Corn, food sovereignty and hemospheric indigenous studies. Presentation at the April 2008 Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference, Athens, Georgia.
Adamson, J. 2007. Environment and culture studies: Theorizing space and place, building community connections. Organizer and chair, 2007 American Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Adamson, J. 2007. Human worlds/living worlds: Sustainability, usability habitability. Presentation at the 25-27 October 2007 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe.
Adamson, J. 2006. Transnational waste and pollution: Communities, consumption, and cultures. Organizer and respondent, 2006, American Studies Association Conference, Oakland, California.