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Yanoula Athanassakis is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (for NYU’s Provost, Katherine Fleming), Director of the NYU Environmental Humanities Initiative at New York University, and Instructor in Environmental Studies, English, and Animal Studies.

AthanassakisA former American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow (2012-2014) and Literature Fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies (2011-2012), her research and teaching interests include US literature, the environmental humanities, animal studies, American studies, food studies, race and ethnic studies, gender studies, globalization, and environmental justice.

Athanassakis’ book (2017), Environmental Justice in Contemporary U.S. Narratives is part of Routledge’s Environmental Humanities series. At NYU, she teaches courses on US environmental literature, including, Comp. Lit. 800, “Being Vegan: the literature of environmental justice” and the inaugural graduate course for the MA in Animal Studies, “The Animal Turn in Literature” (co-taught with Una Chaudhuri). She has co-organized a number of panels and symposia on topics ranging from food studies to online editing in academic journals and is currently co-facilitating a series of environmental and sustainability events at New York University.