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Jane Robbins Mize


Fisher-Bennett Hall 325

I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where I study North American literature and environment. My dissertation, titled "Waterworks: Settler Industrialization and Literary Experimentation in Twentieth-Century North America," examines case studies in the Mojave Desert, Florida Everglades, and elsewhere to reveal how writers responded to the large-scale industrialization of the continent's bodies of water. 

For 2022–23, I am the Public Pedagogies Fellow for the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. In Spring 2022, I was a Visiting Assitant Professor of English at The College of New Jersey, where I taught an entry-level course on literature of the American Empire, a capstone research seminar on environmental literature, and a masters seminar called "Literature and Theories of Water." I'm also currently a member of Penn EnviroLab, a multidisciplinary workspace for researchers focused on environment-society relations. Recently, I've been a Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence at the Center for Teaching and Learning and president of the Graduate English Association.

I previously worked as an assistant editor at PublicAffairs Books, where I edited books by historians and journalists. While living in Austin, Texas, I co-founded and edited Foxing Quarterly and, in Philadelphia, designed and letterpressed a chapbook series called The Swan. I grew up in Athens, Georgia, near the Oconee River, and received my BA in English and Latin from the University of Texas at Austin.


Articles and Book Chapters

Courses Taught

spring 2023

ENGL 2596.401 Remediating the Environment  

fall 2020

ENGL 200.303 Poetry and Print Culture  

spring 2019

ENGL 101.406 Jane Austen and Adaptation