Promoted to Professor
Department of English
Robert P. Marzec—a specialist in environmental, postcolonial, and global studies—joined the Purdue faculty in 2007. He received his PhD from Binghamton University.
Robert has published on a wide range of topics and is the author of Militarizing the Environment: Climate Change and the Security Society (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature (Palgrave, 2007). He is the editor of Postcolonial Literary Studies: the First 30 Years (Johns Hopkins, 2011) and the associate editor of the international journal Modern Fiction Studies. His work investigates the relationship between enclosures, the postcolonial and indigenous struggle for inhabitancy, and the rise of today’s security society. In Militarizing the Environment, he explores two competing postcolonial/environmental worldviews: one based on “inhabitancy,” the other on what he terms “environmentality”—a name for the securitizing of environments on the basis of their economic and geopolitical value.
Most recently, his research on the relationship between the environment, the military, and the sciences has attracted the interest of scientists and scholars working at the Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Program. In 2015, he was invited to participate in a symposium with NASA scientists at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center in Washington, D.C. He was also invited to present his work on environmentality at a plenary panel at Uppsala University’s Cultures of Security conference as part of the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education—a joint collaboration between the University of Sussex (UK), Uppsala University, and the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). His current research project is in the concept of the “Anthropocene” and explores relations between politics, science, and art in climate change literature, documentaries, and activism.
Robert is affiliated with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Discovery Park’s Center for the Environment. He has also published articles in boundary 2, Radical History Review, Public Culture, Postmodern Culture, The Global South, the Journal for Cultural Research, and The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.