April Anson

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

April Anson is the 2019 - 2021 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. She writes and teaches at the intersection of the environmental humanities and American studies, with particular attention to Indigenous studies, settler colonialism, and political theory. Specifically, she uses the tools of literary and cultural studies to clarify the relationship between structures of power and ecological crisis. She is most curious about how understanding the political, ideological, and material histories of "race" and property can help us address climate change. Her first book project uncovers the ways canonical American environmental literature codes white supremacy into the American environmental imagination at the same time as it excavates an early archive of environmental justice literature vital for anti-racist and anticolonial climate movements (including the representational considerations of climate fiction). Dr. Anson sits on the executive councils of both the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and the Western Literature Association (WLA).