Bryan B Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Professor of English
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Bryan B. Rasmussen is Professor of English, Director of the University Honors Program, and affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies. His principle areas of research and teaching are in environmental humanities and academic research writing.
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
Environmental humanities; literature and environment; climate change and literature; California literature; California natural history; history and philosophy of science; Charles Darwin; nineteenth-century British literary and cultural history
- Forthcoming: "Angling in the Anthropocene: Fly Fishing for Carp and the Making of Race on the Los Angeles River." Rewilding the Urban Frontier: Rivers of the Anthropocene. Ed. Greg Gordon. U Nebraska Press.
- "Technologies of Nature: The Natural History Diorama and the Preserve of Environmental Consciousness." Victorian Studies 60.2 (Spring 2018): 255-68. URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/victorianstudies.60.2.11
- "Pokémon Go, an Unnatural History: Reflections on race, privilege, and access to augmented nature." Boom: A Journal of California. Web. June 22, 2017. URL: https://boomcalifornia.com/2017/06/22/pokemon-go-an-unnatural-history-reflections-on-race-privilege-and-access-to-augmented-nature/
- "Invertebrate Psychology before and after Darwin." BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Web. 2017. URL: http://www.branchcollective.org/?ps_articles=bryan-b-rasmussen-invertebrate-psychology-before-and-after-darwin
- "From God's Work to Fieldwork: Charlotte Tonna's Evangelical Autoethnography." ELH 77.1 (Spring 2010): 159-94. (Available here with CLU login through Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.callutheran.edu/journals/elh/toc/elh.77.1.html)
- Darwin and Theories of Aesthetics and Cultural History. Ed. Barbara Larson and Sabine Flach. Surrey: Ashgate, 2013. Victorian Studies 57.3 (Spring 2015): 535-37.
- Anne Isba, The Excellent Mrs. Fry: Unlikely Heroine. Continuum, 2010. Victorian Studies 54.1 (Autumn 2011): 153-55.
- Anna Maria Jones, Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self. The Ohio State University Press, 2007. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53 (Feb. 2009). URL: www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2009/v/n53/029912ar.html.
Media + Public Scholarship:
- Mexican Bird Resurvey Project, collaborator: Contributed expedition journal, science history, and photography to the Robert T. Moore Lab of Zoology's NSF-funded resurvey of Mexican bird biodiversity in the Sierra San Pedro Mártir region of northern Baja, California, Mexico. 2017-2018. URL: https://mexicanbirdresurvey.org/baja/
- "The Harmony of Nature," segment on natural history dioramas and American wilderness ideals for Backstory American history podcast. 38:00-51:00. November 2018. URL: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/stuffed
- "Inside the Minds of Animals." TED-Ed. July 2015. URL: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/inside-the-minds-of-animals-bryan-b-rasmussen
2019. Hewlett Research Grant, American Society for Literature and Environment conference, UC Davis, for a paper in the panel "Anthropocene Wilderness," $1000
2017. Hewlett Research Grant, Archival study and repeat photography of the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja, Mexico, $1000
2015. Hewlett Research Grant, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley, Lower California (Baja) archival expedition research, $500
2013. Faculty Research & Creative Works Grant, History of European science museums, $4000
2012. Community Leaders Association, "Small Creatures Sanctuary" apiary. $2025