Alison Glassie

Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities


Hemispheric Literatures, Marine Environmental Studies, Modern and Contemporary Literatures

Ali Glassie is Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities. Her research explores the ways that the ocean’s biology, physical dynamics, and cultural histories influence the literature of the Americas. She is currently working on a book entitled Atlantic Shapeshifters: Sea Literature’s Fluid Forms. Ali has taught courses in global Anglophone literature, literature of the Americas, cultural studies, and literature and the environment; she has also taught aboard sailing vessels in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Ali has published most recently in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment; Coriolis and Blue Water Sailing have also published her work.
Ph.D. in English, University of Virginia, 2019
M.A. in Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, 2011
B.A. in English, Middlebury College, 2008
Minor: Environmental Studies
Recent Publications
Archipelago’s Voyage: Climate and Seamanship in Monique Roffey’s Contemporary Sea Novel” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. 10th April, 2019 (Advanced access; forthcoming in print).
Review of Steve Mentz, Shipwreck Modernity. Resilience. 4.1 (2017)
Fellowships and Awards
2019   Coastal Futures Fellowship, University of Virginia
2018   Center for the Americas/Centro de las Américas Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia
2017   Public Humanities Fellowship in South Atlantic Studies, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
2014-15   Mellon Graduate Fellowship
Invited Presentations
“Fish Galore:” Memory, Magical Realism, and Shifting Ecological Baselines.” Burning the Library of Life: A Symposium on Species Extinction and the Humanities University of Virginia, September 27th, 2019
“Resilience in the Era of Climate Change: A Conversation with Victoria Herrmann" National Geographic Science and Storytelling Symposium, University of Virginia, March 1st, 2019
 Recent Conference Presentations
“With Only the Wind in their Hands: Maritime Modernisms and Marine Ecosystem People” American Comparative Literature Association, March 29th-April 1st, 2018.
“The Cloak, the Boat and the Shoes:” Selkie Mythology and Environmental Justice in J.M. Synge.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Biennial Conference. June 20-24th, 2017
“A Novel of the Floating World: Gyre Memory, Marine Debris, and Species Transport in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being” Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association. January, 2017
“Diving into the Wreck: Fathoming History and the ‘Infested Ocean’ in Lawrence Scott’s Witchbroom.” Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference. May, 2015        
 “Océan’s Reefs: Familial and Emotional Reanimation in Monique Roffey’s Archipelago.  86th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2014         
 “Our Part in it All:” Human Ecology and the Imperiled Ocean in Peter Matthiessen’s Far Tortuga and Monique Roffey’s Archipelago. 20th International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology. October 22-25th, 2014