Karla Armbruster is a Professor in the English Department, where she teaches American literature and professional writing. Her primary research interests are nature writing and environmental literature, ecocritical approaches to literature, and animal studies. She also teaches interdisciplinary courses as part of the Environmental Studies, Women's Studies, and Freshman Seminar programs.
She received a B.A. in English from Miami University of Ohio in 1985, an M.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 1989, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1996. Her dissertation topic was "Speaking for Nature: The Politics and Practice of Environmental Advocacy in American Literature and Culture." She has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters on environmentally-relevant writers such as Terry Tempest Williams. Ursula Le Guin, Rick Bass, Josephine Johnson, and Toni Morrison. With Kathleen R. Wallace, she co-edited Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism (Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2002). Most recently, she has become very interested in animal studies and is working on a book about dogs and the ways humans perceive them as mediating between nature and culture.
Karla's background also includes graduate-level coursework in scientific and technical communication (at Miami University), which led her to her work as a writer and editor on the environmental science textbook, Biosphere 2000: Protecting Our Global Environment, by Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia Franz.