I am currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo (with Imre Szeman). I completed my PhD in English and Film Studies at University of Alberta in 2014, where I held the Vanier Canada Scholarship and was awarded a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal of Canada. I have served as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Moore Institute at National University of Ireland, Galway (2015), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (in the Environmental Humanities) at the University of Edinburgh (2015), the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal (2016), and the Centre for Environmental Humanities at Trinity College Dublin (2017).
My interdisciplinary research and teaching broadly explore the intersection of cultural and environmental studies (Environmental Humanities), particularly looking at mobilizing change through literacy. My authored and edited books include: Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture (ed., forthcoming 2018), Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice & Environmental Humanities (2018), Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic (2016), which was a finalist for the 2016 ASLE Ecocriticism Book Award and the 2016 International Gothic Association Book Award, Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment (co-ed, 2016), and Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (co-ed, 2014). My essays have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Visual Culture in Britain, Oxford Bibliographies, Irish Studies Review, Photography and Culture, Gothic Studies, and Asian Cinema, as well as in numerous collections. Additionally, I have been invited to give many talks at universities in Canada, France, the United States, Ireland, and Scotland.
Current and future projects include: energy transitions in culture and education; the future of environmental literacy; energy literacy and youth culture; food literacy and the politics of eating; and narratives of fear related to our environmental futures. For more on past work go to my Academia.edu page for some downloadable essays. I can be contacted at Derek.Gladwin[at]ubc.ca.