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
  • WGSS 214 - Women's Literature   
  • WGSS 215 - LGBTQ Literatures


Greta Gaard is Professor of English and served as Founding Coordinator of the Sustainability Faculty Fellows at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (2015-2019). Her scholarship and teaching emerge from the intersections of student-centered pedagogy, antiracist feminisms, environmental justice, queer ecologies and critical animal studies, exploring a wide range of issues, from postcolonial ecofeminism to children’s environmental literature, and the ecopolitics of climate change. Gaard has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and on the editorial board for the organization’s journal, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) since 1995. Author or editor of six books of ecocriticism and feminist praxis, Gaard anchors her most recent volume, Critical Ecofeminism (2017), in Australian ecophilosopher Val Plumwood’s foundational work. Gaard’s current research advances conversations across the fields of critical ecofeminism and climate justice, Mindfulness pedagogy, Happiness Studies and Writing Pedagogy, and the Environmental Humanities.

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