Stacey Balkan is assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities and an affiliate faculty member of FAU's Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative. Dr. Balkan's teaching and research focus on postcolonial ecologies, landscape aesthetics and counter-pastoralism, and environmental justice. Recent articles for The Global South and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment examine the material legacies of uneven and combined development in Nigeria and India; and she is now at work on two book-length manuscripts–Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India and Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere.
Critiquing development policies in colonial and postcolonial India, Rogues in the Postcolony foregrounds the intersection(s) between landscape ideology, agricultural improvement, extractive capitalism, and aesthetic expression as each obtains in British-occupied Bengal, post- independence Mumbai and New Delhi, and late-capitalist Bhopal. Oil Fictions is similarly concerned with the aesthetic registers of imperial violence. A collection of essays dedicated to petrocultural expression, Oil Fictions presents an attempt to grapple with the pervasiveness of this often-invisible biocultural agent through the cultivation of a robust petro-aesthetic practice. The latter was, in part, inspired by her long-time commitment to energy justice and alternative transportation.
Stacey's recent work also appears in Comparative Literature and Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature, World Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies, Social Text Online, Mediations, and Public Books.