Bryan B Rasmussen

Bryan B Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Department Chair
Humanities 211


Dr. Rasmussen (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2008) teaches literature, environment, and natural history. His courses include Environmental Literature, Science and Literature ("Darwin and Literary Narrative"), and the History of Natural History, an interdisciplinary Honors seminar team-taught with faculty in Biology and Math.

Ongoing research projects include explorations in the intersections between technology and nature, the history of invertebrate science and psychology, and twentieth-century California scientific explorations of Mexico. He is contributing science writer for a series of biodiversity resurvey expeditions for the Mexican Bird Resurvey Project, in collaboration with the Robert T. Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The work is highlighted in a recent edition of the Ventura County Star.

He is a certified California Naturalist.





Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington


Literature and environment; history and philosophy of science; Charles Darwin; nineteenth-century British literary and cultural history; California natural history


Article: (forthcoming) "Technologies of Nature: The Natural History Diorama and the Preserve of Environmental Consciousness." Victorian Studies 60.2 (Spring 2018).

Article: "Pokémon Go, an Unnatural History: Reflections on race, privilege, and access to augmented nature." Boom: A Journal of California. Web. June 22, 2017. URL:

Article: "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:

Media: "Inside the Minds of Animals." TED-Ed. July 2015. URL:

Book Review: 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.

Book Review: Anne Isba, The Excellent Mrs. Fry: Unlikely Heroine. Continuum, 2010.  Victorian Studies  54.1 (Autumn 2011): 153-55.

Article: "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:

Book Review: 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:


Grant Funding

2013. Faculty Research & Creative Works Grant. $4000.

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