Robert Emmett

Robert Emmett


  • Ph.D in English, UW-Madison, 2009. Specialization: U.S. literary history and the environment. Minor: environmental history and history of technology.
  • M.A. in English, UW-Madison, 2002.
  • B.A. in Modern Studies (interdisciplinary program run by English department) and French, University of Virginia, 2001

Prior Work:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Honors College University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies program, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2009-2010
  • Project Assistant at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment at UW-Madison, 2009

Current Employment/Responsibilities:

  • Director of Academic Programs at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) for Environment and Society
  • As Director of Academic Programs, Robert helps to develop and facilitate strategic partnerships with research centers in environmental humanities and related fields. He serves as the co-convener for RCC events and workshops and represents the RCC at conferences and events around the world. He also supports the RCC in fundraising and grant-writing, directs a new Masters Certificate in Environmental Studies, and teaches U.S. environmental history in the America Institut of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Interdisciplinary environmental studies and public scholarship; garden writing and history, urban agriculture and food movements in relation to transnational environmental justice activism.