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Jake McGinnis

Jake McGinnis is a doctoral student in English at the University of Notre Dame and the managing editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.  He specializes in literature and environmental thought in the nineteenth-century United States.

McGinnis’s research and teaching alike are motivated by a deep belief in the continuing significance of historical literature to new and emerging forms of environmentalism and social justice. Situated at the intersection of ecocriticism, New Materialism, and affect theory, his work attends to the emerging forms of nonfiction travel writing that allowed American authors in the nineteenth century to map out new modes of engagement with ecologies close to home and across the continent.

In addition to his scholarly writing, McGinnis is interested in creative nonfiction and the public environmental humanities.

McGinnis was previously a lecturer in English at the University of Idaho, where he taught courses on writing, rhetoric, and professional communication.

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