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Heidi Hutner

Associate Professor of English and Sustainability
Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 1993.
Environmental literature and film; ecofeminism; environmental justice; feminism; race studies; women's literature; Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Also affiliated with: The Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory
Office Location: Humanities 2081

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  • Biography


    Heidi Hutner, Associate Professor in English and Sustainability, Women’s and Gender Studies Affiliate, Director of the Sustainability Studies Program (SoMAS), and Associate Dean in SoMAS, 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. 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. Watch Heidi Hutner’s TEDX: “Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism.”

  • Publications



    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.


    Ecological Minds: notes from a mother and professor. A work combining memoir and narrative about creating and teaching a college-level study program on Sustainability--by drawing from both a career of teaching literature and the humanities and significant personal experiences with cancer and progressive politics.

    Nowhere: an atomic memoir. A family memoir that examines maternal anti-nuclear history, civil rights and anti-war activism, 1960s Berkeley culture--within an environmental context.


    The Conclusions to The History of Miss Sidney Bidulph, by Frances Sheridan. Heidi Hutner and Nicole Garret Eds. Toronto: Broadview Literary Texts, 2013.

    The History of Miss Sidney Bidulph, by Frances Sheridan. Heidi Hutner and Nicole Garret Eds. Toronto: Broadview Literary Texts, 2011.

    “The Fond Husband,” by Thomas Durfey. Heidi Hutner (with Tony Jarrells) Eds.   Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama. J. Douglas Canfield Ed. Toronto: Broadview Literary Texts, 2001.

    DISASTERS WEBSITE (under construction):

    Environmental Disasters—co-constructed with Dr. Chris Sellers (Historian) and other environmental historians. My section includes video interviews and case studies with people impacted by nuclear disasters from Fukushima, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and U.S. uranium mines.

    ARTICLES (selected):

    “Butterflies and Birds: Radiation, Gender, and Environmental Justice in Fukushima and Chernobyl,”   Environmental Justice Reader  (tentative title) Eds. Robert Figueroa and Barbara Muraca (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017)

    “Fukushima: Mothers and Anti-Nuclear Activism,” Ed. Robert Brinkmann,   The Sustainability Handbook, Case Studies and Practical Applications  (Palgrave, 2016/17)

    Narratives of Environmental Disaster: History and Literature,” (tentative title) with Chris Sellers,   Oral Histories of Disaster  (tentative title). Ed. Stephen Sloan (Oxford UP, 2016).

    “Nuclear Fall-Out Family.”   Journal of Florida Studies. March, 2016.

    “Hurricane Sandy Diary.”   ISLE  Winter, 2014 (Oxford).

    “Mothering and Cancer: The Awakening of an Ecofeminist Professor.”   Maternal Pedagogies: In and Outside the Classroom.  Eds. Deborah Byrd and Fiona Green. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011.

    “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, 2011.

    “Ecofeminism and Motherhood.”   Encyclopedia of Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Golson Books, 2010.

    “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, 2007.

    "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, 1993.

    "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 Press, 1992.

    "   Evelina  and the Problem of the Female Grotesque,"

    Genre  23 (1990).


    “Climate Change and Gender Activism.”   Ms Magazine. February, 2106.

    “Paris Envy.”   Garnet News. December, 2015.

    “Notes for My Next Book.”   Proximity Magazine. Fall, 2015.

    “Invisible Victims.”   Ms. Magazine. (Print) Summer, 2015.

    “A Lack of Precaution is the Biggest Problem in U.S. Chemical Regulation.”   Tikkun, July 31   st, 2015.

    “Aileen Mioko Smith: The Story of A Japanese Green Activist.”   Ms. Magazine, March, 2015.

    “Pete Seeger: My Spiritual Father.”   Spirituality and Health, January, 2014

    “Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative.”   Spirituality and Health Magazine. 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.

    “Why I’m Going to the Women’s Congress For Future Generations,”   Tikkun Magazine, September, 2012.

    “A Mothers Movement for Future Generations.”   Yes! Magazine, September, 2012.

    “In Japan, A Mothers’ Movement Against Nuclear Power.”   Yes! Magazine, April 25, 2012.

    “One Year After Fukushima: Why We Must Shut Down Indian Point Now.”   Sierra Club Atlantic, March, 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.


    “Novel Relations: The Transformation of Kinship in English Literature and Culture: 1748-1818.” (Cambridge UP, 2004) in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Spring 2006.

    “Wollstonecraft's Daughters,” Ed. Clarissa Campbell Orr; “Revolutionary Feminism,” Gary Kelly; “Feminist Interpretations of Mary Wollstonecraft,” Ed. Maria J. Falco,   Signs, 24 (1999): 788-792.

  • Academic and Teaching Honors


    Teaching Awards

    Women’s Studies Award for Teaching and Scholarship, Stony Brook, 2008
    Women’s Studies Award for Teaching and Scholarship, Stony Brook, 2006

    Fellowships and Awards

    FAHSS AWARD SUNY Stony Brook, 2010.
    University of Washington Teaching Stipend and Tuition Fellowship, 1987-93.
    Hunter College Graduate Study Fellowship, 1987.
    Hunter College English Graduate Study Award, 1987.

  • Courses Taught



    EGL/WST 372  Ecofeminism, Literature and Film
    EGL 375  Environmental Literature, Film, Activism
    EGL 347  Eighteenth-Century Novel
    EGL 372  Eighteenth-Century Women Writers
    EGL 372  Feminist Mothering Theory, Literature and Film
    EGL 276  Feminism, Literature, Culture


    EGL 585  Ecocriticism, Environmental Literature and Film
    EGL 602  Eighteenth-Century Novel
    EGL 602  Ecofeminist and Environmental Justice

  • Invited Talks and Keynote


    Invited Presentations

    “Maternal Anti-Nuclear History.” St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer, 2012.

    “Feminism and Anti-Nuclear Mothers.” Green Festival. NYC, Spring, 2012.

    “Mothers and Anti-Nuclear Activism.” Left Forum, Pace University, NYC, 2012.

    “Mothers and Anti-Nuclear Activism.” With Susan Griffin, Medea Benjamin, and Cindy Folkers. Poets and Busboys, Washington, DC. Fall, 2011.

    “After Fukishima: Nuclear Power and Public Health.” "After Fukushima" event, 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.

    “An Introduction to Ecofeminism,” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY for Greenweek. March 2009.

    Keynote Address

    ARM Conference. “Ecofeminism and Mothering in Literature and Film.” University of Toronto, 2009.

  • Community Activism


    An important part of Professor Hutner's teaching and scholarship includes directly engaging with current environmental issues such as climate change, fracking, women's and racial environmental activism, toxics education, and anti-nuclear projects. She works on environmental education and advocacy with local community environmental groups such as     Grassroots Environmental Education    and       Clearwater, and she writes regularly about environmentalism at her blog, at Tikkun Magazine, Sierra Club, Ms, Common Dreams, and Yes!. She works with Dr. Malcolm Bowman from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences on Earthstock at Stony Brook each year to bring speakers and helps creates events.