Environmental Humanities, Theory, Cultural Studies

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For (undergraduate) Students

Please use my official U of O email address for all inquiries regarding current courses or letters of recommendation: salaimo@uoregon.edu


Students of the past: send me an email or a FB message and let me know what and how you are doing!

FALL 2019
Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 and by appointment.

Office Hours: MWF: 3:00-4:00 + by appointment


ENG 230: Intro to Environmental Lit

MWF 14:00-14:50, 360 CON (Condon Hall)

Course Description: 

Do we read literature differently when we read for the environment?  How are environmental issues connected to colonialism, gender, class, race, and disability? How should literature and film represent environmental futures and does it matter?  This course introduces key questions, topics, and texts in environmental literatures, including colonialism and Native cultures, environmental justice, and future visions. We will read and discuss three novels, Louise Erdrich, Tracks; Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation, and the U of O Common Reading text, Helena Viramontes, and Under the Feet of Jesus. We will also read and discuss poetry, essays, and short films or film clips, such as the surrealist “Love Life of the Octopus,” by Jean Painlevé, and the  SF film “Pumzi” by Wanuri Kahiu. 

 ENG 407:  St. Louis Seminar:  Poetic Animals

Letters of recommendation (undergraduates): 

If you would like to ask me for a letter of recommendation, you will first need to provide the following: 1) copies of the best written work you did in my classes, with my comments 2) copies of your statement of purpose and resume or c.v. and 3) a clear list of deadlines. You can put one file of paper copies in my department mailbox or create one PDF of all that material and email it. The more information you provide faculty the more specific and convincing our letters will be.  


If I agree to write the letters, please be sure to make the process clear and organized.   If the letters are to be submitted electronically, please provide me with *one* clear email explaining everything, and making deadlines clear (not multiple, scattered, fragments.) If any letters are to be mailed, make sure to fill out all forms as much as possible and include addressed envelopes. Allow three weeks for processing or at least a month during the summer when I may be out of town. (Please note that I cannot write letters of recommendation from November 20 to January 10th, during the end of the semester, the holidays, and the start of the semester.)


If you are applying for graduate school or law school you will want to ask several faculty members to critique your statement of purpose and c.v., as many programs are extremely competitive.  [Note that some students hear they should "get a letter" from faculty after graduating. But this doesn't make sense because letters are tailored for specific purposes; they are rarely so general. Also, most letters are submitted through confidential online systems--they are not submitted by the students themselves. So I prefer not to write a general letter for anyone.]