Karla Armbruster is associate professor in the English Department at Webster University, which she joined in 1998. She teaches professional writing, literature, and interdisciplinary courses and directs the professional writing minor and certificate program. Currently, she is also chair of the department and co-chair of the environmental studies program.
Before she came to Webster, Karla taught American studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder and American studies-based composition at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the Ohio State University in 1996.
Karla's primary research area is ecocriticism and environmental literature, and she has published articles and book chapters on authors including 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).
Currently (in 2008), Karla is immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and she co-organized ASLE's most recent biennial conference, which took place at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, in June 2007.
Most recently, she has become very interested in animal studies and is working on a book tentatively titled Walking with Wildness: Dogs and What They Can Teach Us about Living on an Endangered Earth. In summer 2008, she received a fellowship from the Animals and Society Institute to work on this project.
Go to Karla's C.V. (Curriculum Vitae)