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About us|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Haub School of Environment
and Natural Resources
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099
Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Courtney Carlson, Haub School of Environment and Natural ResourcesCourtney Carlson, Assistant Professor

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming

(307) 766-2068  |  courtney.carlson@uwyo.edu  | CV |  Kendall House,
Rm 110

Education

BA English, Boston College

MFA Creative Writing (nonfiction) and ENR, University of Wyoming

Background and expertise

Courtney Carlson has worked in the Haub School since 2009. Previously, she served as associate director of academics. In August of 2015 she joined the teaching faculty as assistant professor.

Carlson received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Boston College. She spent one year as a visiting student at Mansfield College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, where she studied literature, philosophy, and theology. She holds the MFA in nonfiction writing and environmental and natural resources from the University of Wyoming. Her thesis, an essay collection called I Came Here to Leave, explored the metaphorical and biophysical significance of decomposition.

Carlson’s writing, teaching, and mentoring find their center of gravity in the environmental humanities. At UW, she has taught a range of literature, creative writing, and cultural studies courses in both the Haub School and the Department of English. She has contributed to field teaching in northwest Wyoming; Tamil Nadu, India; Laikipia, Kenya; and the Canary Islands, and will co-teach in Southeast Queensland, Australia, in January of 2017. She is an affiliate faculty member in the University Honors Program, Science and Math Teaching Center, and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research. She is interested in how creative expression can deepen our understanding and experience of culture and nature.

Carlson has been awarded writing residencies at Caldera and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. She was chosen to attend Orion’s Wildbranch Writing Workshop in 2013. She has delivered community writing workshops in Jackson Hole, Casper, and Laramie, Wyoming, and in Central Oregon. Carlson is based in Laramie, and counts Bend, Oregon, as her home away from home.

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