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Kyndra Turner

Lecturer, English

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Ph.D English, Literature, Arizona State University, 2015
M.A. American Literature, San Diego State University, 2009
B.A. English, California State University, Chico, 2007


Kyndra Turner is a Lecturer at California State University, Channel Islands. Her research draws on how American studies methodologies and ecocriticism provide tools that help us respond to calls for collective and interdisciplinary responses to widening social disparities and species collapse caused by accelerating environmental change that some scientists have described as the “age of the human,” or the Anthropocene. She illustrates how writers, filmmakers, and academics have been calling attention to dramatic climate events that challenge the public to rethink the relationships between human beings and other species, and reconsider responses to ecological systems of low predictability, high variability, and frequent extremes. As a whole, her works shows how ecocritical readings of canonical and contemporary texts offer insights into changing human behavior and suggest alternative practices, which provide new ways to imagine livable futures.

Recently, her book chapter titled, “Writing in the Anthropocene from the Global North to the Global South: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Richard Power’s The Echo Maker,” was published in Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory edited by Kevin Maier and Sarah Jaquette Ray (University of Alaska Press, 2017).

Prior to working at CI, Dr. Turner taught at Arizona State University and at the Hong Kong Institute of Education as a Fulbright Fellow. In addition to her work in Hong Kong, she had the opportunity to teach English and work closely with students and faculty at the Yangzhou Polytechnic College in Jiangsu Province, China, and the Longdong University in Qingyang, Gansu, China.

Representative Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 Multicultural Lit for Nonmajors
  • ENGL 210 Themes and Theories in World Literature
  • ENGL 250 British and European Literature
  • ENGL 327 Major American Authors
  • ENGL 482 Technical Business Writing



environmental humanities, ecocriticism, environmental justice, border studies, postcolonial studies, transnational American studies, cultural studies, film studies

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