Dr. Kate Huber, PhD
PhD English, Teacher, Environmental Humanities
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Huber, PhD, specializes in twentieth-century Irish and British literature and ecocriticism, with interests in transatlantic African and Caribbean anglophone and Dutch literature, postcolonial studies, and gender theory. Kate’s dissertation draws on literature, film, and archival photography and radio to explore how development projects shape social relations, material landscapes, and cultural production in twentieth century Ireland. Kate teaches environmentally themed composition and literature courses.
“‘The Eden of the future…looking like the banished past’: Reading Riparian Agency in Deep Time in Ciaran Carson’s Belfast Confetti,” Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, Vol. 25, no. 1 (2021), pp. 17-32. DOI: 10.1080/14688417.2021.1893206
“Teaching the Ocean: Literature and History in the Study of the Sea,” co-authored with Hayley Brazier, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), 1 October 2020.
“The View from Mrs. Kelly’s Window: Reframing Agency and Land in the Congested Districts Board Photographs,” Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies special issue on Ireland and the Environment, Vol. 55, no. 3&4 (Fall/Winter 2020), pp. 95-128.
Read more about why Ireland is such an important case study for the environmental humanities. The University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) generously supported my research in the 2020-21 academic year. In the CSWS Annual Review, I offer an overview of my research and why it matters today in “Urgent Pauses” on page 28.
Looking for some online teaching ideas? Teaching Environmental Literature Online describes an interactive mapping tool that helped students position themselves in relation to texts we read from around the world.
The Dutch blog site Tussenwoord hosts in-depth reflections on various topics, ranging from literature to philosophy and politics. In “Zo bedoelde ik het niet!” and “Wil je gezien worden voor meer dan je lichaam?” I offer everyday explanations of what academics mean by feminism and the descriptive turn for the non-specialist Dutch reader.
At the University of Oregon, I am an instructor of record of college writing and literature classes, and I also assist in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, where I provide and scaffold feedback on assignments. My desire to effect program-wide changes led me to successfully apply for the role of Assistant Director of Composition, with the goal of planning projects to support equity and inclusion in the UO’s largest program, the composition program, through which around 7,000 students pass each year. As Assistant Director of Composition, I created online materials to show instructors how to reach out to students in crisis and connect them with resources. I also designed trainings for new teachers on how to lead discussions about complex issues, such as racism, when the stakes of such issues are different for every student in the class and are particularly high for students of color. The training materials I designed demonstrated my commitment to supporting diversity, for which I was awarded a “Commendation of Equity and Inclusion in the Teaching of Argumentative Writing” in 2019.
The Sea Education Association (SEA) is one of seven well-known oceanography institutions in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. SEA’s primary focus is on semester-long marine science programs for college students. I was the Ocean & Society instructor for SEAScape, a high-school program for ambitious students looking to gain college-level experience. As instructor of Oceans & Society, I taught a college-level course on the historical, political, cultural, and economic relationships of the Atlantic. I worked with an oceanographer to develop an integrated curriculum in which students might learn how to use both humanistic and scientific skillsets in their scholarly inquiries.
Read about online courses I’ve taught in Teaching Environmental Literature Online.
To see a list of courses I’ve taught, please see my CV.
Please contact me if you want to learn more about my teaching.