I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Utah and affiliated faculty with the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. I research and teach at the intersections of environmental humanities, digital humanities, and new media studies. I’m currently working on a book manuscript titled Eden’s Endemics: Narratives of Biodiversity on Earth and Beyond (under contract at University of Virginia Press). In it I reexamine biodiversity, a supposedly neutral yardstick by which we measure the health of ecosystems. Rather than accept that biodiversity is a final measurement of variation among species, I pay attention to the narratives, genres, and tropes that are drawn upon in representations of biodiversity, revealing that biodiversity is not a matter of counting species so much as a matter of narrative. In my spare time, I work on various collaborative projects with digital humanists, biologists, and social scientists on biodiversity, climate change, and forests. I completed my PhD in English at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016 and my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2007.


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Email me at elizabeth dot callaway at utah dot edu

Upcoming Talks and Travel

November 7-10. American Studies Association Annual Meeting. "The Simultaneous Climate Scenarios of N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season." Honolulu, Hawaii.