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Christopher Foley

Dr. Christopher Foley

Associate Professor


Dr. Foley is an Associate Professor of English and Sustainability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches courses in sustainability studies and the environmental humanities, Shakespeare, early British literature, and the history and theory of theatre. As an environmental and public humanist, his scholarship examines the intersections of environmental and public health concerns in English Renaissance literature, the environmental imagination in contemporary literature and film, and the role of service-learning pedagogies in place-based environmental education.

  • PHD - University of California-Santa Barbara (2015)
  • MA - University of California-Santa Barbara (2010)


SUS 330: Foundations in Society and Sustainability
SUS 350: Topics in Sustainability Studies

ENG 200: Drama and Society, Classical to Contemporary Survey
ENG 203: Representations of the Refugee in World Literature
ENG 203: Representing the Environmental Imagination in World Literature and Film (Service-Learning)
ENG 203: World Literature and the Environment: Oil, Plastics, Climate Change (Service-Learning)
ENG 340: Analysis of Literature
ENG 350: British Literature Survey I
ENG 400/419: Literature, Ecology, and the Environmental Imagination (Service-Learning)
ENG 400/419: Energy Infrastructures and the Environment in Contemporary World Literature and Film (Service-Learning)
ENG 400/419: From Climate Fiction to Climate Action (Service-Learning)
ENG 406: History of the English Language
ENG 454: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 455: Shakespeare, Ecology, and Human Health
ENG 454: Shakespeare *on* Love
ENG 455: Shakespeare and Film
ENG 455: Adapting Shakespearean Genres to Contemporary Film
ENG 457: Representing Women on the English Renaissance Stage


ENG 519: Energy Infrastructures and the Environment in Contemporary World Literature and Film
ENG 554: Shakespeare *on* Love
ENG 555: Shakespeare and Film
ENG 555: Shakespeare, Ecology, and Human Health
ENG 557: Representing Women on the English Renaissance Stage
ENG 655: Shakespeare, Popular Politics, and the Staging of Social Unrest
ENG 758: Site-Specific Environments in English Renaissance Drama

  • From Culture Hero to Emissions Zero: Critiquing Maui’s Extractivist Mindset in Disney’s *Moana* , Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene: Imagining Futures and Dreaming Hope in Literature and Media , 2022
  • Citizen Journalist Research Projects as Structured Service-Learning Experiences in General Education Coursework, SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research , 2022, 10.18833/spur/5/3/2
  • “Breathe Less, and Farther Off”: The Hazardous Proximity of Other Bodies in Jonson’s The Alchemist, Studies in Philology, 2018, 10.1353/sip.2018.0018
  • Jonson's Acoustic-Oriented Dramaturgy in the First Folio Playtexts of Epicoene and The Alchemist, Ben Jonson Journal, 2018, 10.3366/bjj.2018.0211
  • Marlowe’s *Edward II* and ‘The Woful Lamentation of Jane Shore’: Tactical Engagements with Sewers in Late-Elizabethan London, Early Modern Literary Studies, 2014
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • German (Limited Working)
  • English Renaissance Paleography (Professional Working)
  • Web/Computer Programming: HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Java, and JavaScript (Professional Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Renaissance Drama, Environmental Humanities, Service-Learning, Community Engagement