Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Erin James

Erin James

Office: Brink 208
Email: ejames@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2012

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Comparative Literature
    • Ecocriticism
    • Narrative Theory
    • Postcolonial Theory
  • Biography

    Erin James joined the English Department at the University of Idaho in 2012. Her book The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) explores the intersections of ecocriticism, postcolonialism, and narrative theory and questions the role narratives stand to play in a response to today’s environmental crisis. 

    She has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Narrative Theory, and has previously published in the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, The Bioregional Imagination (U ofGeorgia P 2012), and Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave 2012).

    At the University of Idaho, Erin teaches courses on global literatures in English, postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and critical theory. She is also the Director of the MA-Literautre program and the chair of the Ecocriticism Reading Group and the Academic Writing Group.

  • Selected Publications
    • The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives. University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
    • "Immersed in the Storyworld: Rotten English and Orality in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy." Journal of Narrative Theory, forthcoming.
    • "Teaching the Postcolonial Ecocritical Dialogue." Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies. Greg Garrard, ed. Palgrave Macmillian, 2012.
    • "Bioregionalism, Postcolonial Literatures and Ben Okri's The Famished Road.The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Karla Armbruster, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Tom Lynch, eds. University of Georgia Press, 2012.
    • "Doomed Kyoto: Language, Environment and National Interests." Journal for Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. 14.2 (Spring 2007): 83-100.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Best Seminar, English Graduate Organization, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
    • Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant, University of Nevada, Reno, 2009, 2010, 2011
    • Lakshmi Persaud Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2005, 2006
    • Kathy Dent Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2006
    • Canadian Centiennial Scholarship Fund, Canadian Women's Club, 2006
    • HRC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2005