Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Langan Professorial Scholar of Environmental Humanities of English

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Ph.D Columbia University, 2000

Teaching Interests

Environmental Writing, The Anthropocene, History of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests

Climate Change, Disaster Studies, Environmental History, History of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Selected Publications


  • Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World. Princeton University Press, 2014.
  • Hosack's Folly: A Novel of Old New York. New York: Other Press, 2005.

Book Contributions

  • "Teaching Teleconnections." Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities. Ed. Stephen Siperstein. New York: Routledge, 2016. 94-100.

Journal Articles

  • "What is Sustainability Studies?." ALH 24.1 (2012): 1-15.
  • "Leigh Hunt's New Suburbia: An Eco-historical Study in Climate Poetics and Public Health." ISLE 18.3 (2011): 527-52.
  • "Ecohistoricism." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008): 1-7.
  • "The Volcano Lover: Climate, Colonialism, and the Slave Trade in Raffles's 'History of Java'." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008): 33-55.
  • "Constable, Clouds, Climate Change." The Wordsworth Circle 38.1-2 (2007): 25-34.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • "Sustainability in America". Spec. iss. of ALH 24.1 (2012):
  • "Climate and Crisis". Spec. iss. of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008):


  • "Sustainability: Ethics, Culture, History." Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. Chicago: University of Illinois, 2011. <>.

Website Articles

  • "Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816." Public Domain Review. 16 Jun. 2016.
  • "Is Climate Change the New Slavery?." Grist. 17 Apr. 2014.
  • "The Volcano that Changed the Course of History." Slate. 9 Apr. 2014.
  • "Climate Change Makes Any Disaster Global." Bloomberg View. 19 Nov. 2013.
  • "There's a Planet Outside the Text: Notes Toward a Deep Historicism." Romantic Climates. 29 Sep. 2016.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "The Tambora Eruption and the Global Climate Emergency, 1815-18." Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Works in Progress

  • The Icemen Cometh: Antarctica's First Scientists, 1838-42