Moira Marquis


Dr. Marquis is an ecocritical decolonialist, teaching and researching about the environmental and social impacts of imperialism and colonialism and the ways we can undo those harms. She has articles current or forthcoming in Science Fiction Studies and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.  She is co-editing a book on her longtime passion, Prison Books, which is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press. 

Dr. Marquis grew-up in New York but has lived in the South for almost twenty years. She has a husband who is a historian of labor and the South and a son who is a college student. She loves dogs. You can read more about Dr. Marquis in “An Interview with Moira Marquis” featured in the South African literary magazine Antigone. 



PhD, English, UNC Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Environmental Humanities, Decolonialism, Ecocriticism, Contemporary Anglophone Literature, Myth, Folklore, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Critical Race Theory, the Enlightenment


Dr. Marquis has been a teacher for over fifteen years. Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught secondary history and English in Boston and Asheville, NC. She holds a professional teaching license in the state of North Carolina for history and English, grades 6-12. She is also National Board Certified in Young Adult English Language Arts.

Activities and Honors

Research Based

2021           Colby College Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities, August 1-7 

2019           NeMLA Graduate Student Travel Award

2019           Arts Everywhere Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill

2019           Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, UNC Chapel Hill

2019            Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill 

2019            NeMLA Summer Research Fellowship Award

Teaching Based

2020            Collaborative Online International Learning Grant 

2020            Online Course Design Support Grant

2020            Professional Development Award for PIT Journal, English Department, UNC Chapel Hill

2020            Grant for High-Impact Online Teaching and Learning Practices Course for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

2019              Equity in Teaching Institute, Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC Chapel Hill

2017               Senior Teaching Fellowship, Department of English, UNC

2016               Erika Lindemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, UNC

Recent Publications

Co-editor, Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement, University of Georgia Press, forthcoming

“Human to HumusMáirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille and Eco-linguistics as a Decolonialist Strategy,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, vol. 9 no. 1, 2022.

“The Alien Within: Divergent Futures in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon and Niell Blomkamp’s District 9,” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 47 no. 3, 398-425. DOI: 10.5621/sciefictstud.47.3.0398 

Recent Presentations

Panels Organized

2020                “Beyond Ruination: Climate Change and Contemporary Caribbean Novels,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston March 5-8

2019                 “Otherworlds, Different Humans: Indigenous and Traditional Myths as Ecological Knowledge,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UC Davis, June 25-30

2019                 “Local and Global? Representations of Climate Change in Contemporary Anglophone Novels,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C. March 21-24

Papers Presented

2022                 “This Future Sucks: The MaddAddam Trilogy and the Perils of Eliding Colonial Destruction,” Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C., January 6-9

2021                 “Black Magic: Magic as Knowledge in Lovecraft Country,” Canadian Comparative Literature Association, University of Alberta in Edmonton, May 29-June 4

2021                 “Speaking for the Trees: Richard Powers’ The Overstory, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Eco-Fascism,” Modern Language Association, Online, January 7-10 

2020                "Magic as Structure, Not Event: Magic, the Realist Novel and the Legacies of Colonialism,” Canadian Comparative Literature Association, University of Western Ontario (hosted virtually), May 31-June 2

2020                “"Speaking For, or Listening To, the Trees: The Overstory and Human Narratives of Trees," Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston March 5-8

2019                 “’Being With’ and the Capitalocene: Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees and Nature’s Finitude,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment UK and Ireland, University of Plymouth, September 4-6

2019                 “Our Fluid Natures: Afrofuturism, Mami Wata and Water Spirit Myths,” International Society for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture, University College Cork, Ireland, June 13-16


Moira Marquis
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