Thom van Dooren
University of Sidney, Australia
Thom van Dooren is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and a Professor II at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities, University of Oslo. His research is based in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, with particular grounding in environmental philosophy, cultural studies, and science and technology studies. His research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014),The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds(2019) and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press. With Deborah Bird Rose, and the Elizabeth DeLoughrey, he was the founding co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press).
He completed his BA (honours) at the Australian National University (2003), and his PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, also at the ANU (2007).He then held a Research Councils of the UK Academic Fellowship at the University of Hull (UK) and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Technology Sydney. From 2011-2017 he helped to establish and then worked with the Environmental Humanities group at the University of New South Wales. He took up his current position at the University of Sydney in 2018.
He has held visiting positions at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010), the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014), MIT (2018), the University of Hawai`i (2018) and been a Humboldt Research Fellow (Experienced Researchers) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2014, 2015, 2016).
Personal website: https://www.thomvandooren.org/