Shewry, Teresa

Associate Professor

Teresa Shewry is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received a PhD in Literature from Duke University and a BA in English and Japanese from Victoria University, New Zealand. Her research areas include Pacific and Pacific Rim cultures, environmental humanities, and water and the ocean. Her book, Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), explores hope in the context of environmental change in the Pacific. She is also a co-editor of Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011) and guest editor of a special section of South Atlantic Quarterly on environmental activism across the Pacific (2017). Teresa recently co-organized a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Sea Change.” 



South Hall 2522

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 - Please email for appointment.


Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Literature and the Environment
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

  • Environmental Studies
  • Postcolonial and global literary studies
  • Pacific and Pacific Rim cultures
  • Critical theory and cultural studies
  • Hope, utopia
  • Water, the Ocean


Other Publications: 

  • Possible Ecologies: Literature, Nature, and Hope in the Pacific. Under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.
  • Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. Coedited with Stephanie LeMenager and Ken Hiltner. NY: Routledge, 2011.


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