Teaching Natural History to Art and Design Students

Thomas Doran

Rhode Island School of Design

Thomas Doran is Assistant Professor-in-Residence of Environmental Literatures and Cultures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He earned his PhD in English from UC Santa Barbara. His current book project Vulgar Ethology: The Art and Science of Animal Protection in Early America examines how animal protectionist rhetoric emerged alongside the developing science of animal behavior in eighteenth and nineteenth-century natural history writing and visual culture. His academic and creative writing have appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (forthcoming), the Journal of Florida Studies, the Journal of Ecocriticism, Fence, and Volt.


I will discuss and share student work from Natural History: Local, Global, Analog, Digital, a seminar at RISD organized around two primary goals: 1. To engage critically with natural history as a literary and visual art form... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Thomas Doran (Rhode Island School of Design)

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P32 » Roundtable on New Directions in Natural History​ (08:30 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment B)

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