Barbara eckstein

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curriculum vitae


Business Address:

Department of English, 308 English-Philosophy Building

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: (319) 335-2789



1. Higher Education

University of Cincinnati, Critical Theory and American Literature,


M.A. (honors)

Ohio Northern University, English major and Philosophy minor,

B.A., First in Class

2. Professional and Academic Positions

2011- Professor, International Programs

2010- Faculty, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research

2009-10 Associate Provost for Academic Administration

2008-09 Interim Associate Provost for Academic Administration

2006- Professor of English, University of Iowa

1993-05 Associate Professor of English, University of Iowa

1990-93 Assistant Professor of English, University of Iowa

1988-89 Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University


1980-85 Instructor, University of New Orleans

1978-79 Instructor, University of Cincinnati

3. Honors and Awards (since tenure)

2013-15 Obermann Symposium: “Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene,” conceiver and planner with Tyler Priest, History, and Bradley Cramer, Earth and Environmental Sciences

2013 International Programs grant for “Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene”

2012 Digital Studio for the Public Humanities Research Grant for the People’s Weather Map (with Mark NeuCollins and Jim Giglierano)

Career Development Award; Obermann Fellow (fall)

2007-08 Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction for the project “An Endangered River Runs Through Us: Three Iowa River Journeys”

2007-08 Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) Award

2006 Brody Award for Excellence in Service

International Programs Award to develop the service learning course, “Over There and Coming Home: Stories of U.S. Veterans from World War II to the Wars in Iraq”

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) award to develop the course “Over There and Coming Home”

2005 Career Development Award

2003-04 Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) Award

2003 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Interdisciplinary Research Award

2000 CLAS Award to develop interdisciplinary course, “Storytelling and Urban Engagement,” with James Throgmorton***

Humanities Iowa Award, with James Throgmorton***

Obermann Symposium with James Throgmorton***

Semester Assignment

1999-2000 Arts and Humanities Initiative Award

1997-98 CIC Academic Leadership Fellow

1997 Discretionary Research Funds, University of Iowa

1996 CIFRE, University of Iowa Research Funds

1994 UI Developmental Assignment

4. Memberships

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Oral History Association (OHA)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

SCHOLARSHIP (since tenure)

  1. Publications or Creative Works (all refereed)

***designates equally shared work


Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory, and the Fate of a City. New York: Routledge, 2005.
Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities. Co-edited with James Throgmorton. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.***
The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox. Cultural Studies Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Articles or Book Chapters (since tenure)

“Child’s Play: Nature-Deficit Disorder and Mark Twain’s Mississippi River Youth,” American Literary History 24.1 (spring 2012): 16-33.

“Fate and Redemption in New Orleans; Or, Why Geographers Should Care about Narrative Form,” Geohumanities: Art, History, and Text at the Edge of Place, Eds. Michael Dear, Sarah Luria, and Doug Richardson. London: Routledge, 2011: 95-106.
“The University of Iowa Response” with Rod Lehnertz in A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008. Ed. Cornelia Mutel. Iowa City: UI Press, 2010.
“An Endangered River Runs through Us,” The Iowa Review, 39 (fall 2009): 193-196.
“Spectres of the City,” review essay, Journal of Urban History, 34 (March 2008): 541-551.
“The Legacy of Laveau in the Practice of Helen Prejean: The Tradition and Territory of New Orleans Spiritual Advisors,” in The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers. Eds. Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Anna Kothe. Basingstoke (England): Palgrave MacMillan, 2007: 139-155.
“Planning for Diaspora: New Orleans Before and After the Hurricanes,” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability [Common Ground], http: 2. 2006.
“Making Space: Stories in the Practice of Planning,”in Story and Sustainability. Cambridge,MA: MIT Press, 2003: 12-36.
“Planning Blues,”introduction to Story and Sustainability, with James Throgmorton. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003: 1-7.***
“Nadine Gordimer: Nobel Laureate in Literature, 1991,” reprinted in Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature: From the Editors of World Literature Today. New York: Twayne Publishers, 2003: 393-397.
"Desire Lines: The Chicago Area Transportation Study and the Paradox of Self in Post-war America." (click on Chicago) with selected proceedings of the 3Cities Conference. Brimingham, England. 2000.***
"Unsquaring the Squared Route in What Maisie Knew." Reprinted in Henry James:

Turn of the Screw and What Maisie Knew. Macmillan New Casebooks. Eds. Neil Cornwell and Maggie Malone. London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin's, 1998.
*"Recalcitrant Students and Arts of Resistance." Hypotheses: Neo-Aristotelian Analysis.

22. Summer 1997: 4-7 [large format pages].

"A Conversation about Kwame Anthony Appiah's In My Father's House." With Mahoumbah Klobah, Mawuena Logan, Dean Makaluni, Cherry Muhanji, and Theresa Riffe. Iowa Review 26. Fall 1996: 1-26.
"Iconicity, Immersion and Otherness: The Hegelian 'Dive' of J. M. Coetzee and Adrienne Rich. Mosaic 29. March 1996: 57-79.
"Ethnicity Matters." [review essay] American Literary History 7. Fall 1995: 572-81.
"Strategy for Seeing White: Patricia Williams's Polar Bears." North Dakota Quarterly 62. Summer 1994-95: 108-19.
"Nadine Gordimer: Nobel Laureate in Literature, 1991," World Literature Today. Winter 1992: 7-10 [large format pp.]. Translated into Chinese by Yongxiong Mai for Oriental Culture Studies, Guangxi, P.R. China. 1994: 293-302.
Digital Humanities Project
PI for The People’s Weather Map (PWM), in process, with Mark NeuCollins, Intermedia Artist with The Studio for the Public Digital Humanities and Arts; Eric Tate, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences; Graduate RAs 2012-13 Erica Damman (Interdisciplinary/Environmental Humanities PhD) and Kristen DeGree (MFA, Intermedia Art); Nathan Otjen (English), ICRU Fellow 2014-; formerly with Jim Giglierano, formerly with the Geological Survey: 2012-
PWM is a digital map of severe weather in Iowa. It displays historical and contemporary severe weather stories county-by-county with links to planetary wide climate science, and climate art. It is, therefore, both a display of digital rhetoric in the choosing and framing of local severe weather stories (narratives and images), and it is inquiry-based learning in that it makes available many links to different kinds of weather and climate change information. Its goals are to use local interest and experiences to elicit empathy with severe weather victims across the state and, by extension, the planet and to open up an emotional space that makes possible curiosity about and response to climate change as a challenging set of significantly altered earth conditions. Presently, the foundational historical research on all 99 counties is complete and the platform for the state and county maps is built. March 2014 PWM is applying for major funding from OVPRED to perfect and use the methodologies necessary to 1) work with select public partners to begin composing more of the severe weather stories of the 99 counties and 2) work with the geography lab and an RA to ready the map to receive easily the stories from 99 counties. The result will be a pilot available as an exhibit for the Pentacrest Museums and as part of a UI travelling museum in 2014-15. The PWM will, in 2014, also apply for external funds to complete all 99 counties, put in place an editor for a set period, and launch the map on-line.
Guest editor. “Genres of Climate Change.” Special Issue of Philological Quarterly. Ed. Eric Gidal. CFP 2013. Forthcoming 2014.
Reviews (all solicited)
Of Brendon Larson’s Metaphors for Environmental Sustainability: Redefining Our Relationship with Nature (2011), Philological Quarterly (Winter 2012): 129-132.
of Lola Vollen and Dave Eggers’s (Eds.) Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated (2007), The Oral History Review 36 (2009): 107-110.
of Victoria Coulson’s Henry James, Women and Realism (2007) and Kendall Johnson’s Henry James and the Visual (2007), American Literature 81.4 (2009): 847-849.
of Sam Durrant’s Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning: J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison, Modern Fiction Studies 51:3. 2005: 714-717.
of McKay Jenkins's The South in Black and White: Race, Sex and Literature in the 1940s, American Literature 73. December 2001: 879.
Earlier reviews in American Literature, Critique, Journal of American Culture, Modern Fiction Studies, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, World Literature Today

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