Scholars at UB working on ecocriticism explore intersections of the humanities and the environment. Department critics teach and study such topics as ecopoetics, environmentalist literature, new materialism, postcolonial ecologies, environmental justice, food politics, animal studies, and the social construction of nature. Faculty have recently published on such topics as biopolitics and ecology, landscape poetics, disaster politics, and science writing.
Department scholars currently co-organize the Environmental Humanities Research Workshop that fosters interdisciplinary research and discussion, connecting faculty and graduate students with scholars from all across the university and beyond. Faculty teach graduate seminars such as Ecocriticism, and undergraduate courses such as Literature and Nature and Environmentalist Writings.