College of Arts & Sciences
Research & Scholarship in Sustainability


Rachel Azima, Ph.D.

"'Not-the-native': Self-Transplantation, Ecocriticism, and Postcolonialism in Jamaica Kincaid's My Garden (Book)." Postcolonial Studies and Ecocriticism. Spec issue of Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 13.2-14.1 (2006-2007): 101-119.

"'Weeds are Us': Weeds, Cosmopolitanism, and Biodiversity." Provisionally accepted pending review for The Thing and the Word: Literature, Science, and Ecocriticism. Ed. Gioia Woods.

"Ripples of Azure and Grey, an Excerpt."  In Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes. Ed. Alison Swan. Michigan State University Press, 2006. (Creative Nonfiction.)

I am currently revising my dissertation, "Alien Soil: Ecologies of Transplantation in Contemporary Literature," for publication. My project takes an interdisciplinary look at the trope of transplantation as a means of articulating relationships to place, examining its political and ecological consequences. I investigate a wide range of texts that reconfigure conventional notions of space and place: works by Murray Bail, Jamaica Kincaid, V. S. Naipaul, Michael Pollan, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor.

Professional Affiliation
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment).


Melinda Weinstein, Ph.D.

Weinstein, Melinda ed. Esotericism, Religion and Nature. Michigan State University Press, 2010 (forthcoming).