Stacey Balkan is an assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member for the university's Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative. Dr. Balkan's teaching and research focus on postcolonial ecologies, landscape aesthetics and counter-pastoralism, environmental justice, petrocultures, and petromodernity. Recent work centering on environmental justice, and the material stakes of uneven development and petroculture, appears in The Global South, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Public Books. She is also now completing two book-length manuscripts: Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India (Histories of Capitalism and Environment Series, West Virginia UP) and Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere (AnthropoScene Series, Penn State UP).
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.
Web site: www.staceybalkan.com