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Joni Adamson

Joni Adamson
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Director, Environmental Humanities Intiative (EHI)
Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, Environmental Humanities Certificate
Affiliate, School for Future Innovation in Society
Affiliate, American Studies Program
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

joni.adamson@asu.edu
480-727-3675
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Department of English, LL 645D
Arizona State University
PO Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302

Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She has lectured on the Environmental Humanities in Australia, China, France, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and across the US.  She directs the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the Wrigley Institute and ASU’s undergraduate Environmental Humanities Certificate.  She is the author and/or co-editor of many books and volumes that helped to establish and expand the environmental humanities and environmental studies, including Humanities for the Environment (HfE): Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice (2016, Routledge); Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies—Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (2016, Routledge); Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016); American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship (Routledge 2013); and The Environmental Justice Reader (University of Arizona Press, 2002). Her groundbreaking monograph, American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001) was published at the front edge of the environmental justice movement and helped shape transnational American Studies and the environmental humanities. Adamson has written over 70 articles, chapters and reviews on indigenous perspectives on environmental justice and cosmopolitics, citizenship and the commons, material ecocriticism, food justice, the arts of futurity, critical plant studies, and the eco-digital humanities.  She is a Convener of the North American Observatory of the “Humanities for the Environment” (HfE) international networking project and Lead Developer for the HfE’s website.

PhD, English, University of Arizona, 1995

MA, English, Brigham Young University, 1987

BA, Secondary Education/History/French, Idaho State University, 1981

Journal Articles

In Press

Adamson, J. The ancient future: Diasporic resience and food-based knowledges in the work of American Indigenous and Pacific Austronesian writers.. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

2016

Adamson, J. 2016. Networking networks and constellating new practices in the environmental humanities. PLMA 131(2):347-355. DOI: 10.1632/pmla.2016.131.2.347. (link )

2015

Adamson, J. 2015. The ancient future: Diasporic residency and food-based knowledges in the work of American Indigenous and Pacific Astronesian writers. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 42(1):5-17. DOI: 10.1353/crc.2015.0002. (link )

Holm, P., J. Adamson, H. Huang, L. Kirdan, S. L. Kitch, I. McCalman, J. Ogude, M. Ronan, D. Scott, K. O. Thompson, C. Travis and K. Wehner. 2015. Humanities for the environment -- a manifesto for research and action. Humanities 4(4):977-992. DOI: 10.3390/h4040977. (link )

2014

Adamson, J. and D. N. Pellow. 2014. Engaged scholarship in the vernacular landscape: A conversation. Resileince: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 1(1):. DOI: 10.5250/resilience.1.1.27. (link )

2013

Adamson, J. 2013. 西蒙•奥蒂斯的反击:环境正义、转变中的生态批评和中部地区 (Reprint of Chapter 3, Simon Ortiz's Fight Back: Environmental justice, transformative ecocriticism and the middle place. American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism: The Middle Place). Journal of Jiangsu University 2013(15.5):34-41.

2012

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. 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.

2011

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 )

2010

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. 2010. Environmental justice and Third Wave ecocrtical approaches to literature and film. ECOZON@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 1(1):.

2009

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.

2004

Adamson, J. 2004. The challenge of speaking first: A tribute to Simon Ortiz. Studies in American Indian Literature 16(4):57-60.

2000

Adamson, J. and R. Stein. 2000. Environmental justice: A roundtable discussion. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 7(2):155-170.

1992

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. 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.

Books

2017

Adamson, J. and M. Davis eds. 2017. Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice. Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138188167.

Monani, S. and J. Adamson eds. 2017. Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos. Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138902978.

2016

Adamson, J., W. A. Gleason and D. N. Pellow. 2016. Keywords for Environmental Studies. New York University Press. New York and London. ISBN: 9780814760833.

2013

Adamson, J. and K. N. Ruffin. 2013. American Studies, Ecocrticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons. Routledge.

2002

Adamson, J., M. Evans and R. Stein. 2002. The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy. The University of Arizona Press.

2001

Adamson, J. 2001. American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism: The Middle Place. The University of Arizona Press.

Book Chapters

In Press

Adamson, J. Collected things with names like Mother Corn: Native North American speculative fiction and film. Pp. Chapter 22 In: Heise, U., J. Christensen and M. Niemann eds., The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138786745.

Adamson, J. Environmental justice, cosmopolitics and climate change. In: Westling, L. ed., The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Environment. Cambridge University Press. New York.

Adamson, J. Indigenous cosmopolitics and the re-emergence of the pluriverse. In: Tillett, R. ed., Howling for Justice: Critical Perspectives on Leslie Marmo Silko's "Almanac of the Dead". University of Arizona Press. Tucson, Arizona.

Adamson, J. We have never been Anthropos: From environmental justice to cosmopolitics. In: Oppermann, S. and S. Iovino eds., Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene. Rowman & Littlefield International. ISBN: 978-1-78348-938-1.

Adamson, J. Working wilderness: Ranching, proprietary rights to nature, environmental justice and climate change. In: Robertson, C. and J. Westerman eds., Working on Earth: The Intersection of Working-Class Studies and Environmental Justice. University of Nevada Press. Reno, Nevada.

Adamson, J. and C. Sandilands. Insinuations: Thinking plant capacities and politics with The Day of the Triffids. Pp. Chapter 12 In: Gagliano, M., J. C. Ryan and P. Vieira eds., The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature. University of Minnesota Press.

2017

Adamson, J. 2017. Gathering the desert in an urban lab: Designing the citizen humanities. Pp. 105-119 In: Adamson, J. and M. Davis eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice. Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138188167.

Adamson, J. 2017. Introduction: Integrating knowledge, forging new constellantions of practice in the environmental humanities. Pp. 3-19 In: Adamson, J. and M. Davis eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice. Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138188167.

Adamson, J. and J. C. Galeano. 2017. Why bears, Yakumama (Mother of All Water Beings), and other transformational beings are (still) good to think. Pp. 223-240 In: Monani, S. and J. Adamson eds., Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos . Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138902978.

Adamson, J. and S. Monani. 2017. Introduction: Cosmovisions, ecocriticism, and indigenous studies. Pp. 1-22 In: Monani, S. and J. Adamson eds., Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos . Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138902978.

2016

Adamson, J. 2016. Humanities. Pp. 135-138 In: Adamson, J., W. A. Gleason and D. N. Pellow eds., Keywords for Environmental Studies. New York University Press. New York and London. ISBN: 9780814760833.

Adamson, J., W. A. Gleason and D. N. Pellow. 2016. Introduction. Pp. 1-5 In: Adamson, J., W. A. Gleason and D. N. Pellow eds., Keywords for Environmental Studies. New York University Presss.

2015

Adamson, J. 2015. Working wilderness: Ranching, proprietary rights to nature, environmental justice, and climate change. Pp. 197-218 In: Robertson, C. and J. Westerman eds., Working on Earth: The Intersection of Working-Class Studies and Environmental Justice. University of Nevada Press. Reno, NV. ISBN: 978-0874179637.

2014

Adamson, J. 2014. Cosmovisions: Environmental justice, transnational American studies, and indigenous literature. Pp. 172-187 In: Gerrard, G. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Oxford University Press. New York and Oxford, UK.

Adamson, J. 2014. Foreward. Pp. ix-xvi In: Fitzsimmons, L., Y. Chae and B. Adams eds., Asian American Literature and the Environment. Routledge. Oxford and New York.

Adamson, J. 2014. Gardens in the desert: Migration, diaspora and food sovereignty in the work of Native North American women writers. Pp. 47-70 In: Huang, H. and C. S. Chang eds., Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures Series. Cambridge Scholars Press.

Adamson, J. 2014. Indigenous cosmopolitics and the re-emergence of the Pluriverse. Pp. 181-184 In: Tillett, R. ed., Howling For Justice: New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead. University of Arizona Press. Tucson, AZ. ISBN: 978-0-8165-1338-3.

Adamson, J. 2014. Source of life: Avatar, Amazonia, and an ecology of selves. In: Iovino, S. and S. Opperman eds., Material Ecocriticism. University of Indiana Press. Bloomington, IN. ISBN: 978-0253013989.

2013

Adamson, J. 2013. Environmental justice, cosmopolitics and climate change. Pp. 169-183 In: Westling, L. ed., The Cambridge Companion to LIterature and Environment. Cambridge University Press. New York. DOI: 10.1017/CCO9781139342728.016. (link )

Adamson, J. and K. N. Ruffian. 2013. Introduction. Pp. 1-17 In: Adamson, J. and K. N. Ruffin eds., American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenshp: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons. Routledge.

2012

Adamson, J. 2012. "Spiky Green Life": Environmental, food and sexual justice themes in Sapphire's PUSH. Pp. 69-88 In: McNeil, E., N. A. Lester, D. S. Fulton and L. D. Myles eds., Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Erotic Literacies, Feminist Pedagogies, Environmental Justice Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. New York, New York. ISBN: 000-1137282215.

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.

2010

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. Oxford, UK.

2008

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. New York, NY.

2002

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. New York, NY.

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. Tucson, AZ.

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. Tucson, AZ.

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. Tucson, AZ.

1998

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. Moscow, ID.

Posters

2013

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, M. M. 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.

2005

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.

Presentations

2013

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. 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.

2012

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. "¡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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

2011

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. Environmental imagination. Presentation at the 20-23 October 2011 American Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

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. 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.

2010

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. 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. Mother/mater/matrix: The future of the environmental humanities. Presentation at the 14 December 2010 National Sun Yat sen University, Kaohsiung, 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.

2009

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. 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.

2008

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. 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. 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.

2007

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.

2006

Adamson, J. 2006. Transnational waste and pollution: Communities, consumption, and cultures. Organizer and respondent, 2006, American Studies Association Conference, Oakland, California.