Joni Adamson, Arizona State University
Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Director of The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. In 2012, she served as President of the Association for the Study Literature and Environment (ASLE) which has over 1800 members in 41 countries around the world. She founded and directed the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA-ECCO from 1999 to 2010. She is the author and/or co-editor of Humanities for the Environment (Routledge 2017); Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies—Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge 2016); Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016), and The Environmental Justice Reader (University of Arizona Press, 2002). Her monograph, American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001) has been cited in dozens of languages, reprinted in “introductions to ecocriticism” textbooks, and translated into Mandarin. She lectures internationally and has published over 70 articles, chapters and reviews on global indigenous literatures, multispecies relationship, food justice, critical plant studies, eco-digital humanities and the arts of futurity. She is currently a National Humanities Center Fellow (2018-2019).
Ambika Aiyadurai, IIT Gandhinagar, India
Ambika Aiyadurai is an Assistant Professor (Anthropology) in Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar. She completed her PhD thesis in Anthropology from the National University of Singapore in 2016. She is trained in both natural and social sciences with a dual masters’ degree in Wildlife Sciences from Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun) and Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London (UK) funded by Ford Fellowship. Her research interest is to understand peoplenature relations and how the local and global forces shape these relations leading to collaborations and contestations. She is currently studying the role of local communities in wildlife conservation in India, China and Bhutan. She is a SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellow.
Hal Crimmel, Weber State University
Hal Crimmel grew up between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence River in northern New York State. He earned an A.B. from Colby College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Currently Rodney H. Brady Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Weber State University, a 27,000-student institution north of Salt Lake City, Hal was founding co-chair of WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee. He teaches environmental and sustainability issues in the Honors and General Education programs, as well as field studies courses. A former fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Hal has published five books, among them Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers and Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources. His latest book, Utah’s Air Quality Issues: Problems and Solutions, will be published by the University of Utah Press in 2019. His documentary film, The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement was completed in 2018 with co-producers Val Berros (Argentina) and Issac Goeckeritz (USA) and is available for screening in the U.S. and abroad.
Prasenjit Duara, Duke University
Prasenjit Duara specializes in Modern Chinese social and cultural history; nationalism and transnationalism; history and poststructuralist theory, historical sociology, historical philosophy and historiography. He is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago (1991-2008). Subsequently, he became Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (2008-2015). His work has been widely translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and the European languages.
Craig Kauffman, University of Oregon
Dr. Craig Kauffman is Associate Professor Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. His book, Grassroots Global Governance: Local Watershed Management Experiments and the Evolution of Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press 2017), was awarded the Best Book Award in Environmental Studies by the International Studies Association in 2018. He has also authored various articles on environmental law, ecological economics, and the politics of sustainable development. He is a member of the United Nations Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature and a Participating Member in the UN General Assembly’s Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, tasked with providing recommendations on implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. A scholarpractitioner, his research and teaching is informed by more than a decade’s experience working for NGOs and government before joining academia, as well as extensive experience working internationally in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Cyprus, India, and New Zealand.
Jeff Nicolaisen, Duke University
Jeffrey Nicolaisen is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University. He has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nagoya University, and a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as an environmental consultant with Environmental Resources Management before returning to graduate school to study Asian religions and ecology.