As this year's Graduate Student Coordinator, Amanda Lowe is excited to work with TAs and students to build valuable and invigorating connections across cyberspace. She is passionate about diverse teaching--particularly approaches and strategies that involve students from a variety of backgrounds as meaningful participants in the class conversation. As a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, Amanda researches the influence of geological research on Nineteenth Century American literature, particularly its presence in quite literally shaping the work of Charles Chesnutt and Emily Dickinson, along with the writings and paintings of Orra White Hitchcock. Her other research interests include ecocriticism and ecological humanities, theoretical connections between the body and its environment, the history of colonial expansion and its ties to resource extraction, and creative approaches to engaging students in conversations about the environment. She is looking forward to being an SOF/Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow for 2020-2021.