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Jane Robbins Mize received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in English and Latin from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current book project, Waterworks: Settler Industrialization and North American Literature, examines case studies in the Mojave Desert, Florida Everglades, and elsewhere to reveal how writers theorized human–water relations at sites of large-scale industrial transformation. A second project considers the entanglements between conservation and the carceral state from the early 20th century to the present. Previously, Mize was the public pedagogies fellow for the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and taught English at The College of New Jersey. She is also interested in printmaking and bookmaking and has enjoyed collaborating on projects including a literature and arts journal, a chapbook series, and a graphic novella.

Select Publications

  • “The Deep Time Trap: Retracing Settler Colonialism in Lorine Niedecker’s 'Lake Superior.'” Environmental Humanities, forthcoming March 2024.
  • “Writing with the Wetlands: Zora Neale Hurston’s Environmental Context.” Hurston in Context, edited by Christopher Varlack. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024

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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., University of Texas at Austin

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