Ass Prof. Thom van Dooren

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Thom van Dooren‘s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. He is currently an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and a Professor II in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo, Norway.

His research focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. These themes are explored in depth in three recent books: Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (2019), and the co-edited collection Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press.

Van Dooren completed his B.A. (honours) and PhD at the Australian National University. He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2014-2016, intermitent) and has held visiting positions in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010), the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014), the Anthropology Department at MIT (2018) and the Center for Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawai‘i (2018).

From 2012-2019, he was co-editor of the international, open-access journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press), which he co-founded with the late Deborah Bird Rose. In 2014, Deborah retired and he co-edited the journal with Elizabeth DeLoughrey (UCLA).

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Thom van Dooren is the Research Lead on Animal Stories, The Living Archive and Climate Justice and Problems of Scale.

Thom van Dooren’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. These themes are explored in depth in three recent books: Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), Making Worlds With Crows: A Multispecies Ethics (2018), and the co-edited collection Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press.

Van Dooren completed his B.A. (honours) and PhD at the Australian National University. He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2014-2016, intermitent) and has held visiting positions in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010), the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014), the Anthropology Department at MIT (2018) and the Center for Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawai‘i (2018).

Van Dooren is co-editor of the international open-access journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). For more information on his writing and current research projects please visit his personal website

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