Daniel J. Philippon studied English at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, where he received his PhD in 1998. Since then, he has taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in the departments of Rhetoric, Writing Studies, and English. He is currently an associate professor of English, teaching courses in the environmental humanities, literary nonfiction writing, and sustainability studies. He is also a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).
Philippon’s research interests concern American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. He seeks to understand the rhetorical strategies and practical effects of literary texts and their creators, particularly with regard to the historical roots of our contemporary environmental values. His scholarship is grounded most firmly in the area of literary criticism known as “ecocriticism,” but it is also strongly influenced by current work in environmental history, environmental ethics, and conservation biology.
After his time at the Carson Center, he will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy.