I teach in the Exploratory studies program and English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I received my PhD in English from the University of Oregon with a dissertation on environmental literature and post-Fordism. Prior to moving to the west coast, I received an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA from Indiana University. My research explores how Fordism and its aftermath have shaped the cultural politics of the environment, particularly when it comes to issues of material economy like energy, food, and environmental justice. I trace this relationship through literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and media. By combining perspectives from cultural studies and the environmental humanities, I hope to discover how differing accounts of the present might contribute to public struggles over the ecological and social commons.