Ahead of Earth Day, ACLS is sharing scholarly resources by and recommend by our fellows and grantees that explore the environmental humanities: the intersection of the environment, climate change, and sustainability with the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Drawing on humanities and social science disciplines that have brought qualitative analysis to bear on environmental issues, the environmental humanities engages with fundamental questions of meaning, value, responsibility and purpose in a time of rapid, and escalating, change. “Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities”

An introduction to the first issue of the Environmental Humanities journal by Deborah Bird Rose; Thom van Dooren; Matthew Chrulew; Stuart Cooke; Matthew Kearnes; Emily O’Gorman

These resources are an addition to a growing series, including resource pages on Asian Pacific American heritage, Black history, Disability Studies, LGBTQ+ liberation, and Indigenous studies, that are all a part of our ongoing commitment to and efforts in inclusive excellence and amplifying scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. 

If you have a favorite resource – yours or another’s – related to environmental humanities, please share your contributions with us at [email protected].

Scholarly Resources by ACLS Fellows & Grantees


Contamination offers an intuitive language for our present crisis, one that condenses into felt form so much of the unease, upheaval, and fierce aspiration that enliven our contemporary moment. David Bond G’22, F’12



Lead poisoning is an epidemic that has been ravaging communities of color across the country (and the world) for a hundred years. The story of how it spread to our own backyards has little to do with the individual responsibility of homeowners and parents. This is a story about capitalism, the politics of science, and the subtle (and overt) workings of environmental racism.

Produced by Juan Manuel Rubio F’22


  • Vcologies
    Vcologies is an interdisciplinary, international collective of scholars committed to the environmental humanities, the energy humanities, and other ecology-focused approaches.
    Shared by Kyle McAuley F’24, Faculty Fellow, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y



  • Religion and Climate Change Webinar – Hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
    Featured panelist Amanda J. Baugh F’11, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge