Nicole Seymour works on contemporary American literature, film, and culture, with a special interest in environmental cultural studies. Her research maps out alternative traditions of environmental activism and affect. Her first book,Strange Natures, rereads well-known queer novels and films as ecologically-minded. At the Rachel Carson Center, she will be working on her second book project, tentatively titled Bad Environmentalism: Affective Dissent in the Ecological Age. Nicole received her PhD in English from Vanderbilt University before taking a visiting assistant professor post at the University of Louisville. She is now assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.