BakerSamuel Baker (attendee) has been teaching at the University of Texas since 2001. He specializes in British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and also teaches British studies and media studies. He has published a book, Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture (Virginia, 2010), and various essays, most recently “Sailing Blind: Climate, Intention, and Local and Global Orientation in Wordsworth and Byron,” in Evan Gottlieb’s 2015 edited collection Global Romanticism. Most recently he has been working on the media archaeology of the gothic genre, with particular regard to works by Ann Radcliffe and Walter Scott.




bergerpicJason Berger (participant) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston. He is the author of Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2012) and is currently completing a book titled Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies in Nineteenth-Century America. His essays have appeared in journals such as Early American Literature, the minnesota review, Criticism, and Studies in Romanticism.


Siobhan Carroll (participant) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where she specializes in British literature from 1750-1850 and in contemporary speculative fiction. Her first book, An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, 1750-1850 (U. Penn 2015), explores the politics of planetary spaces like the North Pole, the ocean and the atmosphere between literature, science, and exploration during the growth of the British Empire. Her current book project, Circulating Nature: Planetary Politics in the Transatlantic Imagination, 1791-1914, examines how Americans and Britons came to view Nature as a global phenomenon.

Denisoff.jpgDennis Denisoff (participant) came to the study of ecology through decadence. He is the author of Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film, and the novel Winter Gardeners, and editor of The Nineteenth Century Child and Consumer Culture and a special issue of Victorian Review on “Natural Environments.” He co-edited Perennial Decay: On the Politics and Aesthetics of Decadence and co-edits the digital site The Yellow Nineties Online. His edition of Arthur Machen’s decadent literature is forthcoming in 2018 and he is completing a monograph tentatively entitled Pagan Ecology in British Literature and Culture: 1860-1920.


Kathleen Frederickson (participant) is Associate Professor of English at UC Davis and is affiliated faculty in Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies. Her first book, The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance (Fordham UP, 2014) was awarded Honorable Mention for the Sonya Rudikoff Prize. Her work has appeared in differences, Victorian Studies, and elsewhere.

Griffiths.jpgDevin Griffiths (organizer, participant) is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. His research examines the intersection of intellectual history, scientific literature, and the digital humanities, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British literature and science. Central to his work is the question of how literary form shapes our experience of time and natural systems. Essays on this subject have appeared in ELH, Book History, SEL, and other journals. His monograph, The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature Between the Darwins (Johns Hopkins, 2016), rethinks analogy in order to examine how historical novels furnished a relational understanding of history and helped to shape the disciplinary formations of both the life sciences and the humanities. He is currently working on a study of the relation between organicism, general ecology, and theories of literary form titled The Ecology of Form.

Gamer.jpgMichael Gamer (participant) is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Romanticism and the Gothic (CUP, 2000) and Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry (CUP, 2017). His essays on Romantic literature, drama, and the Gothic have appeared in ELH, European Romantic Review, Modern Language Quarterly, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, PMLA, Studies in Romanticism, and other journals. He is currently at work on a number of projects on nineteenth-century theater.


Nathan K. Hensley (participant) is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. His research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, environmental humanities, and the novel. Other interests include Anglophone modernism and the cultures of globalization. His book is Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford, 2016). A second project investigates how the nineteenth century imagined massively entangled causal systems, and the failure of those systems. With Philip Steer (Massey University, NZ), he has coedited Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham UP, forthcoming), which features work by several VCologies members.

Lecourt.jpgSebastian Lecourt (organizer) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston, where his research focuses on Victorian literature and questions of secularization, colonialism, and comparativism. He is the author of Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination (Oxford, forthcoming) and his essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Representations, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Literature Compass. He is currently working on a book project entitled The Genres of Comparative Religion, 1783-1947.

MenkeRichard Menke (participant), associate professor of English at the University of Georgia, is the author of Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems (Stanford, 2008). His essays on literature, science, and the history of media have appeared in ELH, PMLA, Critical Inquiry, Modern Fiction Studies, English Language Notes, The Henry James Review, Victorian Studies, Victorian Periodicals Review, and elsewhere. He is completing a book manuscript on the invention of media in the late nineteenth century.

MillerJohn MacNeill Miller (participant) is Assistant Professor of English at Allegheny College, where he writes and teaches at the intersection of Victorian literature, animal studies, and the environmental humanities. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Victorian Poetry. He is currently working on a book about the ecological implications of Victorian narrative forms.

Kreisel.jpgDeanna Kreisel (participant) is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Her book Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. She also has published articles on Victorian literature and culture in such journals as Representations, ELH, Novel, Mosaic, Victorian Studies, PMLA, and others. She is currently on a new project on utopia and sustainability in Victorian culture.

Menely.jpgTobias Menely (participant) is an Associate Professor of English at UC Davis. He’s the author of The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice (2015) and the co-editor, with Jesse Oak Taylor, of Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times (2017). His current book project is “The Climatological Unconscious.”

McDuffieAllen MacDuffie (participant) is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. His first book, Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014, and won the Sonya Rudikoff Award for best first scholarly book in the field of Victorian Studies. His essays on Victorian fiction and poetry have appeared in Representations, ELH, PMLA, and Philological Quarterly, and his most recent work, on the television series Breaking Bad and contemporary serial narrative, is forthcoming from Cultural Critique.

Miller.jpgElizabeth Carolyn Miller (participant) is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), which was named NAVSA Best Book of the Year and received Honorable Mention for the MSA Book Prize, as well as Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (Michigan, 2008). Her articles have appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Studies, Modernism/modernity, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere. Currently she is working on “Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830-1930,” a study of ecology, capital, literature, and temporality during the first century of the global extraction boom.

Morgan.jpgBenjamin Morgan (participant) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. His research examines intersections among science, literature, and aesthetics from the nineteenth century to the present. His first book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2017), explores how early scientific studies of the human mind gave Victorian literature and aesthetics a new, physicalist language for emotion and thought. His current book project, In Human Scale: The Aesthetics of Climate Change traces how literature and the visual arts have sought out innovative strategies for depicting large-scale ecological systems since the early industrial moment of the climate change era.

SteerPhilip Steer (participant) is a Senior Lecturer in English in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. His research focuses on settler colonialism, with a particular interest in colonial literature and its relationship to political economy and to environmental violence. He is currently completing a book project, “Borders of Britishness: The Novel and Political Economy in the Victorian Settler Empire,” and is co-editor (with Nathan K. Hensley) of the forthcoming Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham University Press).

Voskuil.jpgLynn Voskuil (organizer, participant) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston, where she teaches Victorian literature, empire studies, and the environmental humanities. Her current research explores nineteenth-century plant cultures and their role in both confirming and challenging the systems of empire; her work on this topic has been published in several journals and collections, and she is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Horticulture and Imperialism: The Garden Spaces of the British Empire, 1789-1914. She is also the author of Acting Naturally: Victorian Theatricality and Authenticity (Virginia, 2004) and the editor of Nineteenth-Century Energies: Literature, Technology, Culture (Routledge, 2016).

WilliamsDaniel Williams (participant) is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His articles on aspects of Victorian literature, science, and aesthetics have appeared in Novel, ELH, Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Genre. He is currently working on a book about uncertainty in the 19th-century British novel, in connection with developments in science, philosophy, and the law. A second project on weather, climate, and the imagination of social form in the 19th century is also underway.

Zemka.jpgSue Zemka (participant) is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP, 2012) and Victorian Testaments: The Bible, Christology, and Literary Authority (Stanford UP, 1997). Her essay, “The Death of Nancy ‘Sikes’, 1838-1912” (Representations 110:1) won the Donald Gray Prize in 2010. Most recently, she has published on 19th c artificial hands in BRANCH and has an essay forthcoming on sacred and secular time and climate change in Time and Literature, ed. Thomas Allen (Cambridge UP).