Rob Nixon

Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment; Professor of English and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

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Since 2015, Rob Nixon has held the Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and Environment at Princeton University. For fifteen years before that, he held the Rachel Carson Professorship in English and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nixon is the author of four books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, which won numerous awards, including an American Book Award; the Sprout prize from the International Studies Association for the best book in environmental studies; the best book in the Transdisciplinary Humanities; and the biennial award for the best book in environmental literary studies (awarded by ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). Choice selected Slow Violence as an outstanding scholarly title of the year.

A frequent contributor for The New York Times, Nixon’s work has also appeared in many other public venues, including The New YorkerAeonAtlanticThe GuardianOrionOutsideThe NationBoston ReviewLondon Review of BooksBBCDemocracy Now!, Village VoiceSlateTruthoutConjunctionsMassachusetts ReviewPublic BooksHuffington PostThe Independent (UK), Times Literary Supplement, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, he has written for leading scholarly journals, such as Critical InquiryPublic CultureSouth Atlantic QuarterlyPMLATransitionModern Fiction Studies, and Environmental Humanities.

Nixon is the recipient of an NEH fellowship, a MacArthur-SSRC Foundation fellowship, and a Guggenheim (awarded, declined). For my nonfiction, I been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


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