Allison Carruth
Allison Carruth

Allison Carruth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Center for the Study of Women. Prior to UCLA, she served as Associate Director of Science, Technology and Society at Stanford.

Her fields of research and teaching include post-1945 American literature, contemporary fiction and new media, the environmental humanities, food studies, science and technology studies, and globalization theory. Her first book is entitled "Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food" (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current research includes a new book project “Food Culture in Digital Times.” In addition, she is co-authoring a book entitled “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner.

Carruth is Media Editor of the new journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. In 2011, she organized a national conference entitled Food Justice with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Recent publications include essays in Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Parallax, Postmodern Culture, and Public Books and in book collections from Oxford UP and Routledge.

Recent Articles
A Brief History of Public Art and the L.A. River
A Brief History of Public Art and the L.A. River
"The Unfinished" is the latest in a vibrant line of public art projects that have played a major role in reimagining and redesigning the L.A. River.
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