Derek Woods is a writer, scholar, and theorist who works in the fields of environmental media, science and technology studies, critical theory, and US and British literature. After completing his Ph.D. in English at Rice University, he held positions as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College and Assistant Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Woods is interested in creating dialogue between the sciences and humanities for the sake of progress on the deadlocks of climate politics. His work studies the human condition in a time of accelerating ecological crisis. His publications include articles in journals like 'diacritics,' 'New Literary History,' and 'Forest Ecology and Management,' and the book Calamity Theory: Three Critiques of Existential Risk, which he co-authored with Joshua Schuster (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). He has given lectures in the UK, Germany, France, Russia, and the United States.
Professor Woods is accepting graduate students to do scholarship related to his fields. He is open to serving on MA and PhD committees across the disciplines.
Current Book Projects:
'Terrarium: A Media Theory of the Ecosystem'
'The Wood Wide Web and the Politics of Symbiosis'