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Juliana Chow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in English, University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc. in Geography, Oxford University
B.A. in English, Harvard University 

Research Interests

Long 19th-Century American Literature and Culture, Science Studies, Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature

Publications and Media Placements

Chow's research constellates around how long nineteenth-century American cultural forms mediate and interact with scientific and environmental concepts.  She is working on a book, Diminishment: Partial Readings in the Casualties of Natural History, which looks at how writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and James McCune Smith, among others, engaged with scientific concepts concerning the transfer of life.  Diminishmentthreads an alternate, recessed history against settlement in the mid-nineteenth century and charts how partial and incomplete forms of literature she calls “sketches” posit an ecological materialism attentive to open-ended dispersals rather than a progression toward wholeness.  Departing from an ecology of romantic holism and idealism, she argues that the sketch’s proclivity for the partial registers new forms of survival for “species” and “races” in the face of environmental fragility.  Other projects include: creative nonfiction writing and scholarly research in the environmental humanities.

She teaches a variety of courses from the introductory to graduate level; these include: English 1900 Writing, English 2450 Nature, Ecology, and Literature: “Swales and Fills,” English 3560 Ethnic American Literature: “Dislocations,” English 3270/80 “American Literature,” special topic electives such as “Mapping and Texting the Wilderness Here” and “Dickinson’s Ecologies,” and the graduate courses English 6710 19th Century American Literature: “Experimental Lives and the Lively” and “Feminist Science Fictions.” She is eager to work with students with interests in literature and science and ecocriticism. 

“Literature and/as Ecology,” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, Vol. III, 1851-1877, Cambridge University Press, 2020.

“Poppy/Friend,” co-written with Gillian Osborne, LA Review of Books Quarterly Journal, No. 21 (March 2019).

“Partial Readings: Thoreau’s Studies as Natural History’s Casualties,” Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, ed. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2017.

“‘Because I see—New Englandly—’: Seeing Species in the Nineteenth Century and Emily Dickinson’s Regionalist Specificity,” ESQ: Journal for the American Renaissance 60.3 (2014): 413-449.

“Motion Studies: Gertrude Stein’s Vitalist Work,” Arizona Quarterly (Winter 2013): 77-109.