Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Associate Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, Langan Professorial Scholar of Environmental Humanities of English


Ph.D Columbia University, 2000

Teaching Interests

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


ESE/ENGL 360 Environmental Writing, ESE/ENGL 477 Advanced Environmental Writing, ESE/ENGL 498 Environmental Writing for Publication, ESE/ENGL 293 The Anthropocene, GEOL 201 History of Geology, ENGL 431 Green Romanticism, ENGL 300 Can Poetry Save the Earth?

Research Interests

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

Work(s) in Progress

First Ice: The Antarctic Discovery Voyages, 1838-42 (Princeton University Press)


  • Ph.D, Columbia University, 2000

Distinctions / Awards

  • LAS Humanities Teaching Award, 2008-09
  • Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, SLSA, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Atmospheric Science Librarians International Book Award, 2015
  • Times Higher Education Supplement Books of the Year, 2014
  • The Guardian Best Popular Physical Science Books, 2014

LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • Langan Professorial Scholar of Environmental Humanities
  • Professor of English
  • Associate Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment



  • Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World. Princeton University Press, 2014.
  • Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Hosack's Folly: A Novel of Old New York. New York: Other Press, 2005.
  • The Shock of the Real: Romanticism and Visual Culture, 1760-1860. New York: St.Martin's/Palgrave, 2001.

Book Contributions

  • "Interglacial Victorians." Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture. Routledge, 2018. 220-25.
  • "Notes from Tambora; or, Planetary Persuasions." A Year Without a Winter. Columbia University Press, 2018.
  • "Foreword." Literature and Sustainability: Concept, Text, and Culture. Manchester University Press, 2017. xii-xv.
  • "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

  • "There's a Planet Outside the Text: Notes Toward a Deep Historicism." Romantic Climates. 29 Sep. 2016.
  • "Climate Change Makes Any Disaster Global." Bloomberg View. 19 Nov. 2013.
  • "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.

Encyclopedia Entries

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

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