Professor, Department Chair
Brink Hall 230
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Scott Slovic teaches courses in interdisciplinary environmental humanities, American and comparative literature, and nonfiction writing.
- Ph.D., English and American Literature, Brown University, 1990
- M.A., English and American Literature, Brown University, 1986
- B.A., English and American Literature, Stanford University, 1983
Scott Slovic joined the faculty at the University of Idaho in 2012 after teaching for 17 years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped to create the prominent graduate program in literature and environment and develop the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, the Academy for the Environment, and the undergraduate environmental studies program. He has published more than 300 articles, interviews, op-eds, and reviews and is the author, editor, or co-editor of 25 books, including “Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility” (2008), the textbook “Literature and the Environment” (1999/second edition 2013), and “Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism” (2014). His latest books include “Ecocriticism of the Global South” (2015), “Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy” (2015), “Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data” (2015), and “Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environmental, and the Arts” (2016). Much of his current research and teaching focuses on “information management” (how information is collected, communicated, and received) in the contexts of humanitarian and environmental crises.
Scott served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) from 1992 to 1995, and since 1995 he has edited the journal “ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.” He currently serves on the editorial boards for fourteen scholarly journals and two book series and on the board of directors of the Idaho Humanities Council, and in recent years he has been a Fulbright National Screening Committee member for the Institute of International Education (IIE) and a panelist in American studies and American literature for the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany (University of Bonn, 1986-87), Japan (University of Tokyo, Sophia University, and Rikkyo University, 1993-94), and China (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2006) and has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world. In addition to his position as professor and chair of the Department of English at Idaho, he has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Natural Resources and Society. He helped to develop the university’s Semester in the Wild Program and teaches the environmental writing course in the annual fall-semester program, which takes place at the Taylor Wilderness Research Center in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.
- American and international environmental literature
- Western American literature
- Literary nonfiction
- Environmental writing
- Native American literature
- Sustainability studies
- Professional publishing and editing
- Co-editor (with Peter Quigley), Ecocritical Aesthetics: Language, Beauty, and the Environment. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2018.
- Co-editor (with Chia-ju Chang), Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series.
- Co-editor (with Paul Slovic), Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data. Corvallis: Oregon State UP, 2015.
- Co-editor (with Jim Bishop and Kyhl Lyndgaard), Currrents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy. Lubbock: Texas Tech UP, 2015.
- Co-editor (with Vidya Sarveswaran and Swarnalatha Rangarajan),Ecocriticism of the Global South. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), forthcoming in 2015. Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series.
- Scott Slovic Speaks: Thinking Like Yucca Mountain [Scott Slovic wa kataru]. Compiled and translated into Japanese by Shoko Itoh and Michiko Nakashima. Hiroshima, Japan: Society of Ecocriticism-Japan, 2014.
- Co-editor (with Vidya Sarveswaran and Swarnalatha Rangarajan),Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014. Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series.
- Co-editor (with Lorraine Anderson and John P. O'Grady), Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture. New York: Pearson Longman, 2013. (First edition 1999.)
- Editor, Nature and the Environment. Critical Insights Series. Ipswich, MA: EBSCO/Salem Press, 2012.
- Co-editor (with Serpil Oppermann, Ufuk Özdag, and Nevin Özkan), The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.
- Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility. Reno: U of Nevada P, 2008. (Chinese translation by Wei Qingqi published by Peking UP in 2010.)
- “Going Away to the Wilderness for Solitude … and Community: Ecoambiguity and the Semester in the Wild Experience”: in Cultures of Solitude. Ed. Ina Bergmann and Stefan Hippler. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang, 2017. 275-86.
- “Liquid Scale: Trans-Scalar Thinking and the Perception of Water”: in Water in Social Imagination: from Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism. Ed. Jane Costlow, Yrjö Haila, and Arja Rosenholm. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2017. 11-27.
- “Empiricism, Information Management, and the Environmental Humanities”: in special issue of Journal of Ecocriticism (Spring/Summer 2017): 1-7. Guest edited by Chitra Sankaran.
- “Teaching With Wolves”: forthcoming in Western American Literature 52.3 (Fall 2017): 323-31. Special issue on Nature and Culture in the West. Guest edited by Helena Feder.
- “Ecocriticism and the Psychology of Information Processing: Taking a Seat at the Table”: in The Ecocriticism Review No. 10 (Spring/Summer 2017): 4-14. Also published in Portuguese in Revista Interdisciplinar de Literatura e Ecocritica No. 1 (2017).
- “Literature”: in Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology. Ed. Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Willis Jenkins. London: Routledge, 2016. 353-61.
- “Re-Scaling Geo-Loyality: Considering Expressions of Trans-Scalar Thinking”: in Sense of Place: Transatlantic Perspectives // Sentido del Arraigo: Perspectivas Transatlánticas. Ed. Carmen Flys Junquera and Axel Goodbody. Alcalá, Spain: U of Alcalá P, 2016. 37-51.
- “Narrative Scholarship as an American Contribution to Global Ecocriticism”: in Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Ed. Hubert Zapf. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, 2016. 315-33.
- “Climate Change Is Genocide for Island Cultures”: in The Eugene Register-Guard (31 July 2016). (With Paul Slovic.)
- “Scott Slovic on Bangladesh and Allen Ginsberg”: in OSU Press Blog (20 July 2016).
- “What We Take For Granted”: in Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Ed. Taylor Brorby. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, 2016. 207-10.
- “Countering ‘the anesthesia of destruction’: Information and Pathos in the Work of J.M.G. Le Clézio, Barry Lopez, and Vandana Shiva”: in Revista de Culturas y Literaturas Comparadas (University of Córdoba, Argentina) 5 (2015).
- “The Arithmetic of Compassion”: in The New York Times (4 December 2015 online and 6 December 2015 in print): 10SR. (With Paul Slovic.)
- “The Dance of Reason and Affect”: in OSU Press Blog (19 November 2015).
- Afterword: “Natural Prayers”: in new edition of Richard Jefferies’s The Story of My Heart. Ed. Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams. Torrey, UT: Torrey House Press, 2014. 229-35.
- “Varieties of Environmental Nostalgia”: in The Memory of Nature in Aboriginal, Canadian and American Contexts. Ed. Françoise Besson. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014. 11-30.
- “A Booklist of International Environmental Literature”: in World Literature Today (May 2014). Also see January 2009 issue. Coordinated this booklist.
- “Technologies of Contact”: in Environmental Humanities (University of New South Wales, Australia) (Fall 2013).
- “Ecological Civilization and Global Governance” (18 September 2013) and “Landmarks in Chinese Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature” (26 October 2012): in Chinese Social Sciences Today (a publication of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences).
- "Marks of Ambivalence: Thoughts on Perception and Inscription": in Miranda (Toulouse, France). Special issue on Marking the Land in North America. (Summer 2012).
- "An Abiding Sense of Relationship": in ELN: English Language Notes 50.1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 243-48. Special issue on "The Shape of the I," guest-edited by Julie Carr and John-Michael Rivera.
- Invited commentary: in ALH: American Literary History 24.1 (February 2012): 180-88. Special issue on sustainability.
- "Literary Istanbul and the Notion of Place in Contemporary Ecocriticism": in Istanbul in Turkish and World Culture. Ankara, Turkey: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, 2011. 589-603.
- "'What is a horizon without mountains?': Robert Laxalt's Sweet Promised Land and the Allure of Mountainous Places": in Mountains Figured and Disfigured in English and American Literature. Ed. Françoise Besson. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. 235-42.
- Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, University of Idaho, April 2018
- Excellence in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Efforts Award (Semester in the Wild), University of Idaho, April 2014
- Thornton Peace Prize, University of Nevada, Reno, May 2012
- Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Orion magazine, 2010-2015
- Chair, Selection Committee, Inaugural Orion Book Award, 2007
- Regents' Award for Graduate Academic Advising, Nevada State System of Higher Education, May 2006
- Nevada Humanities Award (for distinguished scholarship in literature and environment), November 2004