Juliana Chow, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc. in Geography, Oxford University
B.A. in English, Harvard University
Long 19th-Century American Literature and Culture, Science Studies, Ecocriticism and
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
“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
“‘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.