James Engell

James Engell

Gurney Professor of English Literature
Professor of Comparative Literature
Environmental Science & Public Policy Program Advisor
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On sabbatical leave Fall Term 2021

Research Interests

British literature; comparative Romanticism; criticism and critical theory; environment and literature; environmental education

Related Publications

The Harvard Corporation and Fossil Fuel Divestment,” The Huffington Post, 2013.

People Near the Storm” (poem), VENTI journal, Atmosphere, 1.2 (2020), 18-19.

Editor, The Prelude (1805) by William Wordsworth, newly edited from the manuscripts and fully illustrated in color, co-editor Michael D. Raymond (US David R. Godine Publisher, in UK Oxford University Press, 2016).

"Thoreau and Health: Physician, Naturalist, Metaphysician," Literary Studies in Human Flourishing, ed. Donald J. Moores and James Pawelski (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).

"Climate Disruption Involves All Disciplines: Who Becomes a Mentor?" in Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, ed. Stephen Siperstein, Shane Hall, and Stephanie Lemenager, Afterword by Bill McKibben (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 24-30.

"Plant Beach Grass: Managing the House To Sustain It" (Phi Beta Kappa Address, 2009)

Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Yale University Press, 2008)

Special Teaching
Taught an intensive three-week seminar at the National Humanities Center for college professors from various fields entitled "Use Them All: The Humanities and Environmental Study." It was supported by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund. (Summer 2012)

Co-taught a course at Waseda University, Tokyo, for students from nine American and Asian universities, including Harvard, on sustainability and biodiversity with two biologists from Columbia University and National University of Singapore and an economist from Peking University. (Summer 2010)

A seminar at the University of Colorado on American Environmental Visions for the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. Participants were high school teachers. (Summer 2004)

Presentations at International Conferences
"Sub-Saharan Africa, The Coming Storm," environmental security study, MIT GeoSpatial Data Center/University of Wales Cyber-Physical Supply Chain Summit Conference, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March 21-23, 2011.

Environmental Courses

Faculty Department

  • English; Literature and Language
  • Department of Comparative Literature

Contact Information

Barker Center 272

Research Areas

Alphabetical by Last Name