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Courtney Carlson

Associate Professor for the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Creative Writing Program


M.F.A., Creative Writing (nonfiction) and ENR, University of Wyoming

B.A., Boston College

(307) 766-2068  |  | Kendall House, Rm 110


Courtney Carlson is a nonfiction writer and assistant professor in the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, where she teaches creative writing and literature in the context of socio-ecological systems. Courtney earned the MFA in nonfiction writing and environmental and natural resources. She is especially interested in work that blurs genre lines, and in the stories of people who have not been well-represented in traditional nature writing. She teaches in the field in Wyoming and abroad on four continents, and has delivered community writing workshops in Jackson Hole, Casper, and Laramie, Wyoming, and in central Oregon. Courtney has been awarded residencies at Caldera, the H.J. Andrews Forest, and Playa.


World literature and cultural studies; justice, representation, and diversity; creative writing; composition studies; and Anthropocene studies.

Selected Teaching

HP 2151, Whose Nature?

ENGL 2060, Creative Writing: Introduction to Nonfiction

ENR 4890/HP 4152, Alpine Climate and Culture (study abroad in Chamonix, France)

ENR 4890/5890, Exploring Queensland's Human and Physical Landscapes (study abroad in southeast Queensland, Australia)

ENR 4890/5890, Stories We Live By: Ecological Concern in the Anthropocene

ENR 5000, Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving

Selected Awards & Honors

Going the Extra Mile teaching award, University of Wyoming Disability Support Services, 2011.

Promoting Intellectual Engagement teaching award, University of Wyoming Learning Resources Network, 2011.

J.P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Teaching award, University of Wyoming Graduate School, 2009.

Recent Graduate Students

Jessica Black, candidate for the MS in Natural Science Education/Environment and Natural Resources. "Revitalizing Educational Gardens for Resilience: A Case Study of an Elementary School Garden," anticipated 2018. (Chair)

Nolan Goetzinger, candidate for the MA in English. Title TBD, anticipated 2018. (Committee member)

Alfonso Orozco, MS in Natural Science Education/Environment and Natural Resources. "Analysis of Latino Outdoors' Mission Statement and Organizational Performance: A Multiple Constituency Approach," awarded May 2017. (Chair)

Nicole Chambers, MA in English. "Writing Environment: Cultural Phenomenology of Place in Anna Seward's Writing Process," awarded May 2017. (Committee member)

Peyton Lunzer, MA in English. "Walking in the Wasteland: How Walking in Marginalized Space Empowers Emily Brontë, Mary Austin, and Other Women Writers," awarded May 2017. (Committee member)

Timothy John Hill, candidate for the MS in Kinesiology and Health. "Know Your Brewer: Liquid Food for Alternative Local Food Movements," awarded May 2017. (Committee member)

Ashley Andersen, MS in Natural Science Education/Environment and Natural Resources. "An Analysis of Selected Upper Division Core Courses in the Haub School's Environment and Natural Resources Curriculum," awarded May 2016. (Chair)

Ryan Rasner, MA in Communications. "Autoethnography of Narcotics Anonymous," awarded May 2016. (Committee member)

Manasseh Franklin, MFA Creative Writing (Nonfiction)/Environment and Natural Resources, "In the Face of Changing Places," awarded December 2015. (Committee member)

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