Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Joni Adamson


Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability; Associate Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, School of Letters and Sciences


Global Institute of Sustainability



Joni Adamson is Associate 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. She is serving as 2012 President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment, which has an active membership of 1,400 scholars, educators, students, and scientists in 41 countries. She is the author ofAmerican Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism: The Middle Placeand co-editor ofThe Environmental Justice Readerwhich are widely cited and credited with helping shift the field of ecocriticism towards what Lawrence Buell has termed "ecojustice revisionism."

In 2012, she delivered invited lectures and presentations in Aberdeen, Scotland; Juneau, Alaska; Madrid, Spain; Mainz, Germany; Lubbock, Texas; and Puerto Rico. She has written over 30 articles and reviews which focus on environmental justice, contested notions of "the commons," food sovereignty, and global indigenous literatures and organizing for human, civil, and environmental rights. She is currently at work on two new collections Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture(co-edited with William Gleason and David Pellow, forthcoming from New York University Press, 2013) andAmerican Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons(co-edited with Kimberly Ruffin, which will be out from Routledge Press in November 2012).

She is currently at work on a manuscript titled, "mother/mater/matrix: How the Humanities Power our Fight for the Environment" that examines how literature and film, from Michel Guillaume Jean de CrèvecœursLetters from an American Farmerto the Wachowski Brothers'Matrix trilogy reimagine community, justice, and eco-global health. She offers courses in Environmental Literature, American Literature, Ethnic American Literatures, and Southwest American Literature.