Since 2007, through the establishment of the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professorship in the Environment and the Humanities, PEI has forged ties between environmental studies and the humanities and social sciences at Princeton. Working cooperatively with leadership in Princeton’s humanities disciplines, PEI identifies and appoints accomplished and emerging scholars whose academic work is at the intersection of a traditional humanities discipline and environmental studies. Recent visitors have had backgrounds in English, religion, philosophy, political science, photography and the performing arts.

Their scholarship has focused on topics including environmental literature, religion and ecology, environmental justice and racism, climate ethics and politics, climate change, and biodiversity. Barron professors engage in intensive projects and orchestrate public programs related to environmental themes, including the 2018 traveling exhibition, “Nature’s Nation: American Art and the Environment,” which was a collaboration of PEI and the Princeton University Art Museum. Barron Visiting Professorship appointments are made jointly in PEI and the academic department that most appropriately represents the appointee’s disciplinary background.

 


2021-2022 Barron Visiting Professor

Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor in German

Past Barron Visiting Professors

2019 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Lecturer in English and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2018 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2017 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2016 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor of Art History & American Studies and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2015 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor of Architecture and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2015 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor of Anthropology and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2014 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Guest Artist at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
2012–2013 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities and Visiting Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2012-2013 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities and Visiting Lecturer in Religion and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2012-2013 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities and Visiting Lecturer in Religion and the Princeton Environmental Institute
2009-2010 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Guest Artist at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
2009-2010 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Guest Artist at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
2008-2009 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor at the University Center for Human Values
2007-2008 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Associate Professor in the Center for African American Studies