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Jennifer Ladino

Jennifer Ladino

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Brink Hall 227
Mailing Address
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Jennifer Ladino
  • Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 2006
  • M.A., English, University of Washington, 2001
  • B.A., English, University of Virginia, 1996
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Jennifer Ladino’s teaching and research focuses on representations of nature—understood as landscape, symbol, everyday environment or simply “space.” She has published articles on a range of American authors and texts, including Marianne Moore’s poem “An Octopus,” Zitkala-Ša’s “American Indian Stories,” Ruth Ozeki’s “My Year of Meats,” Sherman Alexie’s “Ten Little Indians,” Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose” and the documentaries “Grizzly Man” and “March of the Penguins.” Her monograph, “Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature,” was published in 2012 by the University of Virginia Press and was a finalist for the ASLE Book Award. The book traces a genealogy of nostalgia for nature in American literature and culture since 1890. Jenn spent 13 summers working as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park, including six seasons working in the Office of Public Affairs, writing press releases and other materials.

  • Affect theory
  • American literature and culture of the late nineteenth to twenty-first centuries
  • Animality studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Ecocriticism/green cultural studies
  • Geography and urban space
  • Modern and postmodern literature and theory


  • Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012. Cross-listed in the "Under the Sign of Nature" series and the American Literatures Initiative. 

Selected Articles and Essays

  • “‘Sovereignty of the Self’: Interspecies Ethics in Sherman Alexie’sFace.” Forthcoming in Studies in American Indian Literatures, special issue on animal studies.
  • “Working with Animals: Regarding Companion Species in Documentary Film.” Ecocinema Theory and Practice. Ed. Sean Cubitt, Salma Monani, Stephen Rust. Routledge: 2012.
  • “‘Local Yearnings’: Re-Placing Nostalgia in Don DeLillo’s Underworld.”The Journal of Ecocriticism 2.1 (January 2010): 1-18.
  • “‘A Home for Civilization’: Nostalgia, Innocence and the Frontier in Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose.” Western American Literature 44.3 (Fall 2009): 225-249.
  • “‘A Limited Range of Motion?’: Multiculturalism, ‘Human Questions,’ and Urban Indian Identity in Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians.”Studies in American Indian Literatures 21.3 (Fall 2009): 36-57.
  • “For the Love of Nature: Documenting Life, Death and Animality inGrizzly Man and March of the Penguins.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 16.2 (Spring 2009): 53-90.
  • “New Frontiers for Ecofeminism: Women, Nature, and Globalization in Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.” New Directions in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism. Ed. Andrea Campbell. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd., 2008. 124-147.
  • “Unlikely Alliances: Notes on a Green Culture of Life.” Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series 3. Ronald A. Simkins, Ed. Omaha: Kripke Center, 2008.
  • “Rewriting Nature Tourism in ‘an age of violence’: Tactical Collage in Marianne Moore’s ‘An Octopus.’” Twentieth-Century Literature 51.3 (Fall 2005): 285-315.
  • “Longing for Wonderland: Nostalgia for Nature in Post-Frontier America.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 5 (Fall 2004): 88-109.

Book Reviews

  • The Rhizomatic West: Representing the American West in a Transnational, Global, Media Age. By Neil Campbell. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 16.4 (Fall 2009).
  • Face. By Sherman Alexie. Western American Literature 44.3 (Fall 2009).

  • Memorials Matter: Bodies, Affect, and Environment at American Memory Sites (monograph in progress)

  • Faculty member, Semester in the Wild Program
  • Visiting scholar, "Let's Talk About It!" series

  • CLASS Summer Research Grant - University of Idaho, 2015
  • Faculty Seed Grant - University of Idaho, 2013-14
  • J. William Fulbright Scholar Award – University of Bergen, Norway, 2009-10
  • John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Research Award – Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2008
  • Creighton University Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 2007 and 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (nominee) – Creighton University, 2006-7
  • Society of Scholars Research Fellowship – Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, 2005-6
  • Elizabeth Kerr McFarlane Scholarship in the Humanities, 2004-5
  • Susannah J. McMurphy Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-5
  • Alvord Fellowship in the Humanities (alternate), 2004-5
  • Modern Language Quarterly Travel Grant, 2004
  • Joan Webber Outstanding Teaching Award (200-level courses), 2003-4

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: (208) 885-6156

Fax: (208) 885-5944


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