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Jennifer Ladino Professor


Jennifer Ladino’s teaching and research focuses on representations of nature—understood as landscape, symbol, everyday environment or simply “space.” She has published articles on a range of American authors and texts, including Marianne Moore’s poem “An Octopus,” Zitkala-Ša’s “American Indian Stories,” Ruth Ozeki’s “My Year of Meats,” Sherman Alexie’s “Ten Little Indians,” Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose” and the documentaries “Grizzly Man” and “March of the Penguins.” Her monograph, “Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature,” was published in 2012 by the University of Virginia Press and was a finalist for the ASLE Book Award. The book traces a genealogy of nostalgia for nature in American literature and culture since 1890. Jenn spent 13 summers working as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park, including six seasons working in the Office of Public Affairs, writing press releases and other materials.


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education and training

  • Ph.D. in English, University of Washington , Thesis: "Back to Nature: American Nostalgia from the Closed Frontier to the End of Nature" 2006
  • M.A. in English, University of Washington , Thesis: "Against Totalization: Counter-Nostalgia and Everyday Connections in DeLilloas Underworld" 2001
  • B.A. in English, University of Virginia , conferred with Distinction 1996


full name

  • Jennifer Ladino