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Fall 2015

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Dr Daniel J Philippon

English Department 21 LindH 207 Church Street SE


Dan Philippon studies American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. He seeks to understand the rhetorical strategies and practical effects of literary texts and their creators, particularly with regard to the historical roots of our contemporary environmental values. His scholarship is grounded most firmly in the area of literary criticism known as "ecocriticism," but it is also strongly influenced by current work in environmental history, environmental ethics, and conservation biology. He also teaches a range of courses that concern the environmental humanities, literary nonfiction writing, and sustainability studies, and he is a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).


  • environmental literature, history, and ethics
  • ideas of nature, culture, and place
  • human dimensions of conservation biology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Virginia, 1998.


  • Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places. Philippon, Daniel, University of Minnesota Press, Editor, 2009.
  • Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice. Philippon, Daniel, University of Georgia Press, Co-Editor, 2007.
  • Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement. Philippon, Daniel, University of Georgia Press, Author, 2004.
  • The Friendship of Nature: A New England Chronicle of Birds and Flowers. Philippon, Daniel, Johns Hopkins University Press, Editor, 1999.
  • The Height of Our Mountains: Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Philippon, Daniel, Johns Hopkins University Press, Co-Editor, 1998.


  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure de Lyon, France, 2014
  • Fulbright Core Research/Teaching Award, University of Turin and University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy, 2012
  • Senior Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany, 2011 - 2012

Courses Taught

  • Transatlantic Environmental Humanities
  • Our Common Waters: Making Sense of the Great Lakes
  • Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet
  • Public Discourse: Coming to Terms With the Environment
  • Writing from Plow to Plate: Sustainable Food Narratives in the U.S.
  • The Environmental Imagination in 19th-Century America
  • Advanced Literary Nonfiction Writing
  • Whose Nature? The Environment in Humanistic Inquiry
  • Ecocriticism and American Literature
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