Greta Gaard

Greta Gaard

Greta Gaard


Office: 256 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3850



B.A., Pepperdine University

M.A., Claremont Graduate School

Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Areas of Specialization:

Composition - Business, Creative and Environmental Literature; Sustainability Studies; Social and Environmental Justice; Women's Studies

Selected Publications:

  • Co-Editor, with Simon Estok and Serpil Oppermann. Feminist Ecocriticism: Making a Difference (Routledge Press, forthcoming 2013).
  • The Nature of Home:  Taking Root in a Place.  University of Arizona Press, 2007.
  • Editor, with Patrick Murphy. Ecofeminist Literary Criticism. University of Illinois Press, 1998.
  • Ecological Politics:  Ecofeminists and the Greens. Temple University Press, 1998.
  • Special Issue Co-Editor.  "Ecofeminist Literary Criticism." ISLE  3:1 (Fall 1996).
  • Editor and Introd.  Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.
  • "Beyond Gary Snyder: Buddhism's Influence on U.S. Environmental Literature."  Journal of the Canary Islands (forthcoming 2012).
  • “‘Ecofeminism’ Revisited: Rejecting Essentialism and Re-Placing Species in a Material Feminist Environmentalism.”  Feminist Formations 23:2 (Summer 2011):26-53.
  • “New Directions for Ecofeminism: Toward a More Feminist Ecocriticism.” ISLE:  Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Fall 2010):1-23. Reprinted in Chinese for The Journal of Jiangsu University (Jiangsu daxue xuebao), Vol.3, 2011, pp.33-40.
  • “Reproductive Technology, or Reproductive Justice? An Ecofeminist, Environmental Justice Perspective on the Rhetoric of Choice.”  Ethics & the Environment 15:2 (December 2010): 103-129.
  • “Strategies for a Cross-Cultural Ecofeminist Literary Criticism.” Ecozon@: European Journal on Literature, Culture and Environment. Ed. Carmen Flys Junquera. 1:1 (Spring 2010):47-52.
  • “Children’s Environmental Literature: From Ecocriticism to Ecopedagogy.” Neohelicon 36:2 (December 2009): 321-334.

 Autobiographical Information:

Greta Gaard's primary interests are in environmental sustainability literatures and creative nonfiction writing, topics she has pursued through her teaching and research.  At UWRF, she has developed a "(Green) Business Writing" (ENGL 266) course that has been offered for two years and forms the basis of her sabbatical research in Fall 2012, when she will develop these course materials into a textbook. Other courses she has developed at UWRF include "The Literature of Environmental Justice (ENGL 228)" which meets the American Cultural Diversity requirement and the Ethical Citizenship General Education requirement, "U.S. Environmental Literature (ENGL 310)" which meets the Ethical Citizenship General Education requirement, and "Human-Animal Studies (HUM 305)" which meets the Multidisciplinary General Education requirement, and will be offered for the first time in Fall 2013.

Dr. Gaard was a UWRF Sustainability Faculty Fellow in Spring 2011, and will be co-leading a Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop in May 2012. Before coming to River Falls, Gaard was an Associate Professor of Humanities at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (1997-2002) and an Associate Professor of Composition and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1989-1997). She has been active in the environmental movement since 1989, working to found the Minnesota Green Party, and to organize movements against economic globalization through direct action to address the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Seattle.  Since returning to the Midwest, she has continued her activism through work with and Tar Sands Action.  Most recently, she has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).