Meg Arenberg

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Office Location

Williams Hall 602

Managing Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities


Ph.D., Indiana University (2016)

M.E.Sc., Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2009)


Meg Arenberg joined PPEH in September 2018, excited to draw on her diverse academic and professional experience to help grow the environmental humanities at Penn.

Primarily a scholar of Anglophone African and Swahili literatures, her unconventional academic path has been interdiscplinary from the start. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and creative writing from Oberlin College, a Master of Environmental Science with a focus in social ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Indiana University, Bloomington. She most recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in African humanities at Princeton University where she has been at work on a book focused on how language and literary form are deployed in East African literature to rethink configurations of nativity and territorial belonging.

She has also worked to support community-level greening projects in both New Haven, Connecticut and Dodoma, Tanzania; researched urban ecological stewardship in Baltimore, Maryland; volunteered with Swahili-speaking refugees in Baltimore and Philadelphia; taught Swahili language to learners of all ages; and translated a number of works of poetry and prose from Swahili into English.