Director, Sustainability Studies Program
Heidi Hutner teaches and writes about environmental literature and film, environmental
justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and media. Her courses are interdisciplinary
and, in addition to traditional academic study, often include hands-on experiential
work such as hiking, environmental activism, gardening, and creative writing.
Dr. Hutner's journey into environmentalism and sustainability began through the study
of the links between toxic pollution and disease in the writing of Rachel Carson and
Sandra Steingraber. This led to her teaching courses and writing about toxics and
cancer in literature and film. More recently, Dr. Hutner's work expanded to include
a larger range of environmental issues as they are represented in literature, film
and other media-- such as global warming and climate change, radioactive nuclear pollution,
food/agricultural and animal rights, and general sustainability/energy issues. Dr.
Hutner is also the faculty advisor for the Environmental Humanities Major and Minor
in the Sustainability Studies program.
Publications (partial list)
Books in progress:
Ecology of Education: A Memoir.
Atomic Mom: A Memoir.
Colonial Women: Race, Culture and Stuart Drama. Heidi Hutner. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. Ed. Heidi Hutner. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993.
“A Nuclear Fallout Family: Tales From Miami.” Journal of Florida Studies, 2015: 4.
“Hurricane Sandy Diary.” ISLE Winter, 2014 (Oxford)
“Mothering and Cancer: The Awakening of an Ecofeminist.” Maternal Pedagogies: In and
Outside the Classroom. Eds. Deborah Byrd and Fiona Green. Toronto: Demeter Press,
“The Birth of An Eco-Mom: Cancer, Feminism, and the Environment.” Environmental Natures:
The Natural, The Social, The Built. MIRCI 2.1. July, 2011: 39-53.
“An Introduction to Miss Sidney Bidulph.” The History of Miss Sidney Bidulph. Frances
Sheridan. Ed. Heidi Hutner (with Nicole Garret). Toronto: Broadview Literary Texts,
“Ecofeminism and Motherhood.” Encyclopedia of Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Golson
“Ecofeminism, Motherhood, and the Post-Apocalyptic Utopia in Into the Forest and Parable
of the Sower.” Ed. Barbara Cook Women, Writing, Nature. Kentucky: Lexington/Roman,
"Rereading Aphra Behn: An Introduction," Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and
Criticism. Heidi Hutner, Ed. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993.
"Revisioning the Female Body: The Rover, parts I and II," Rereading Aphra Behn: History,
Theory, and Criticism. Ed. Heidi Hutner. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia,
"Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Politics of Gender, Race and Class," Living By the Pen:
Early Women Writers. Ed. Dale Spender. New York: Teacher's College, Columbia University
"Evelina and the Problem of the Female Grotesque," Genre 23 (1990).
Edited Books and Texts (selected):
The History of Miss Sidney Bidulph, by Frances Sheridan. Heidi Hutner and Nicole Garret Eds. Toronto: Broadview Literary
The Conclusions to The History of Miss Sidney Bidulph, by Frances Sheridan. Heidi Hutner and Nicole Garret Eds. Toronto: Broadview Literary
Articles for popular print and online magazines (selected):
"A Lack of Precaution is the Biggest Problem in U.S. Chemical Regulation." Tikkun Daily. July 2015.
"Aileen Mioko Smith: An Anti-Nuclear Feminist." Ms. Magazine, March, 2015.
“Pete Seeger: My Spiritual Father.” Spirituality and Health, January, 2014
“Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative.” Spirituality and Health. October, 2013.
“Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.” Spirituality and Health Magazine. July, 2013.
“Alice Walker: A life.” Yes! Magazine. August, 2013.
“Fracking as Toxic Trespass.” Ms. Magazine. April, 2013.
“Living Downstream: Sandra Steingraber.” Ms. Magazine. October 19, 2012.
“A Mothers Movement for Future Generations.” Yes! Magazine, September, 2012.
“In Japan, A Mothers’ Movement Against Nuclear Power.” Yes! Magazine, April 25, 2012.
“Thanksgiving Victories and some Leftovers.” Common Dreams, November 26, 2011.
“A Personal Response to the President’s Cancer Panel.” Enviroblog: Enviromental Working Group. July, 2010.
Keynote Talks and Invited Presentations (selected):
“Fukushima: An Environmental Disaster.” Disaster Roundtable, Stony Brook University
Humanities Institute, December,2014. "Nuclear
Power Debate," Hofstra University, October, 2014
“Sustainability, Writing and Nature.” Omega Institute, July 2014.
“Literature, Language, and Sustainability.” Omega Institute, July, 2013.
“Maternal Anti-Nuclear History.” St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia,
“Feminism and Anti-Nuclear Mothers.” Green Festival. Javits Center, NYC, Spring,
“Mothers and Anti-Nuclear Activism.” With Susan Griffin and Medea Benjamin. Poets
and Busboys, Washington, DC. Fall, 2011.
“After Fukishima: Nuclear Power and Public Health.” The Great Debate, Humanities
Institute, Stony Brook University. Fall, 2011.
Sandra Steingraber’s Ecofeminism and Cancer: An Introduction to Living Downstream, the Film.” Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University. Spring 2011.
“Ecofeminism and Mothering
in Literature and Film.” ARM CONFERENCE, Toronto, 2009.
“What is Ecofeminism?” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY for Greenweek. March 2009.
“Ecofeminism and the Post-Apocalyptic in Parable of the Sower and Into the Forest,”
Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University, 2007.
“What is Ecofeminist Theory?” Environmental Club of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook,
“Reflowering the Garden: Ecofeminism and Literature,“ Mill Pond House, Stony Brook