Faculty and Staff

Greta Gaard

Greta Gaard

Greta Gaard


Office: 256 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-4195



B.A., Pepperdine University

M.A., Claremont Graduate School

Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Areas of Specialization:

Courses developed at UWRF:       

  • ENGL 228 – Literature of Environmental Justice       
  • ENGL 266 – 'Green' Business Writing (online)        
  • ENGL 310 – U.S. Environmental Literature        
  • HUM 305 – Human-Animal Studies        
  • WGST 215 - LGBT Literatures

Selected Publications:


  • Co-Editor, with Simon Estok and Serpil Oppermann.  International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism. Routledge, 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.
  • Editor and Introd.  Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.



  • "Ecofeminism and Climate Change." Women's Studies International Forum 19, 20-33.


  • "Indigenous Women, Feminism, and the Environmental Humanities." Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 1:3 (Fall).    
  • "What's the Story? Competing Narratives of Climate Change and Climate Justice." Forum for World Literature Studies 6:2, 272-291 (Tsinghua University, China).       


  • "Animals in Space: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Chimponauts, Laika, and Biosphere II." Feminismo/s 22:Ecofeminismo/s: mujeres y naturaleza, 113-145.     
  • "Toward a Postcolonial Feminist Milk Studies." American Quarterly: Special Issue on Race, Gender, Species 65:3, 595-618.
  • "Literary Milk: Breastfeeding Across Race, Class, and Species in Contemporary U.S. Fiction," Journal of Ecocriticism 5(1), 1-18.     
  • "Beyond Gary Snyder: Buddhism's Influence on U.S. Environmental Literature." Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses / Journal of the Canary Islands 64,:61-78.       


  • "Speaking of Animal Bodies." Hypatia 27.3, 29-35. Available at
  • "Feminist Animal Studies in the U.S.: Bodies Matter." DEP - Deportate, Esuli e Profughe. 20, 14-21.       


  • "'Ecofeminism' Revisited: Rejecting Essentialism and Re-Placing Species in a Material Feminist Environmentalism." Feminist Formations 23:2, 26-53.   


  • "New Directions for Ecofeminism: Toward a More Feminist Ecocriticism." ISLE:Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 17:4, 1-23.
  • Reprinted in Chinese for The Journal of Jiangsu University (Jiangsu daxue xuebao), Vol. 3,2011, pp.33-40.

  • Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Utah: Cengage Learning/Gale Publications, 2013.       

  • "Reproductive Technology, or Reproductive Justice? An Ecofeminist, Environmental Justice Perspective on the Rhetoric of Choice." Ethics & the Environment 15:2 , 103-129
  • "Strategies for a Cross-Cultural Ecofeminist Literary Criticism." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment. Ed. Carmen Flys Junquera. 1:1, 47-52.

Autobiographical Information:

Initially a UWRF Sustainability Faculty Fellow in Spring 2011, Dr. Gaard is the current Coordinator for the Sustainability Faculty Fellows. 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, participating in the "Forward on Climate" March in Washington, D.C. and in the "People's Climate March" in New York City. She has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).