Core Team

Roy Scranton

Director
Email: Roy.W.Scranton.1@nd.edu

Roy Scranton is the author of five books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, the monograph Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel War Porn. His essays, articles, and reviews on climate change have been published in the New York Times, The Nation, MIT Technology Review, The Baffler, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Scranton’s New York Times essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, and his essay “The Terror of the New” was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. He won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016), and was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2017). He is currently working on a book about eco-pessimism.

Jose Castellanos

Graduate Student Fellow
Romance Languages and Literatures
Email: jcastel4@nd.edu

(Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1992) I am a third year PhD student in the Spanish program. I am working on the relationship between humans and animals as mediated by war and conflict in Colombia. Before coming to Notre Dame, I was a high school teacher, a literary critic, and a magazine editor.

Arman Chowdhury

Graduate Student Fellow
English Creative Writing
Email: achowdh2@nd.edu

Arman Chowdhury is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Notre Dame. He is a prose writer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, interested in studying and writing fiction that challenge traditional modes of literary realism and that frustrate the desire for a stable and coherent world. He studied Creative Writing and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. At Notre Dame, he is also an Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHUM) Fellow and a Graduate Affiliate for Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance. His work has been supported by The Loft Literary Center, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.