Bryan B Rasmussen

Bryan B Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
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




  • 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:

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Grant Funding

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

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