Stephanie LeMenager is the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature and a professor of environmental studies at the University of Oregon. Her research interests begin with the question of what it means to be human in the era of climate change, and she has pursued this question in the book Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century (Oxford University Press, 2014), in several articles, and in the forthcoming coedited collection Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities (Routledge, 2016).
LeMenager’s work at the Radcliffe Institute pursues the question of how the humanities can help to shape modes of being human that are more ecologically connected and prepared for living with climate change. She will take the specific problem of drought as a touchstone from which to build out the concept of what she calls “H2O U,” a university dedicated to thinking through the effects of drought on what humanity is and can aspire to become.
LeMenager earned BA degrees in English and anthropology at Stanford University and a PhD in English and American literature at Harvard University. Her teaching on the role of literature and the arts in the time of climate change has earned her press coverage in ClimateWire, the New York Times, Time, and on the CBC and NPR. She served as a curatorial consultant on the first solo exhibit of the British-Nigerian artist Zina Saro-Wiwa and has published in Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016).