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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, Literature & Science, Ecocriticism & Environmental Literature, Regionalism, the Novel & Narrative Theory, Poetry, Critical Theory

Publications and Media Placements

Chow is currently at work on her first book project, "Literature of Diminishment," which examines diminishment as an alternative form of life succession, as well as an epistemological orientation, in nineteenth-century literary engagements with natural history. In particular, the merging of natural and human history through diminishment becomes the framework for articulating an ecological materialism attentive to relations of the partial and obscure, the dispersed and discrete. Other projects include an essay on Thoreau for an edited anthology on the Anthropocene and an essay on Paul Laurence Dunbar and biopolitics.


"'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.


American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Anthropocene Historicism Seminar, "Posthumous: Regionalism as a Study of Natural History's Casualties" (2015)

International Conference on Narrative (ISSN), The Jamesian Novel and the Narrative Construction of Otherness Panel, "The Characterological Other: James's Maisie" (2014)

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Comparative Regionalism Seminar, "Regionalism and Labor in W.E.B. Du Bois's Souls of Black Folk" (2014)

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Floating Seeds, Drifting Weeds Panel, "Nineteenth-Century California Poppy Cultivation," co-written and presented with Gillian Osborne (2013)

Futures of American Studies Institute, Seminar, "Lowly Life: Regionalist Subsistency in Paul Laurence Dunbar's Work-Songs" (2013)

Modern Language Association (MLA), Dickinson, Frost, and Regionalism Panel, "Tracings in Dickinson and Frost; or, on Regionalist Specificity" (2013)

Modernist Studies Association (MSA13), Fordism Seminar, "Gertrude Stein and Fordism" (2011)

Modern Language Association (MLA), Mark Twain Circle Panel, "Science Fiction's Modest Witness:  Ethical Consciousness and the Narration of Destruction and Creation in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (2009)

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Asian and Asian-American Literature Panel, "The Green New World of Karen Tei Yamashita's Through the Arc of the Rain Forest: the Transnational Turn and Ecocritical Affect" (2009)