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Suzanne Loui

Lecturer, Environmental Studies
Summer Mentor: Tyson Research Center

Teaching Interests: The U.S. Homestead Act, Indigenous and Settler Experiences (1860-1940) * History and Public Perception of Energy Technologies (focus on Nuclear) * Environmental Modernism * Writing of home and climate change
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    Suzanne Loui joined Washington University as an adjunct instructor in 2004 and in 2017 she joined the Environmental Studies Program as a full-time Lecturer. She has designed courses in keeping with her passion for bridging the humanities with scientific inquiry around topics and challenges of climate change. She has collaborated with colleagues in the fields of physics, ecology, biology, and engineering.

    Her courses include: Introduction to Environmental Humanities (The Homestead Act, Indigenous and Settler experiences); Fallout (the evolution and public perception of nuclear technology); Environmental Modernism (the role of technology in human and planetary health); Writing Home (an intensive writing course guiding students through non-fiction accounts of home and climate change).

    Her passion for teaching and mentoring students in a field station landscape has been graciously welcomed by Washington University’s Tyson Research Center, to which she has brought her classes since 2009 and where she started an ongoing Science Communication/Humanities project called “Humans of Tyson” in 2018.

    She aspires to reflect equity, diversity and inclusion in her course content and teaching methods, which are informed through ongoing conversations with community members within and outside of Washington University. Recent activities include: Indigenous STL working group and EDI conversations and workshops with WU Office of Institutional Equity.

    She is a Saint Louis University alum, having received her B.A. in History in 1982, M.A. in American Studies in 1992, and her PhD in American Studies (all at SLU) in 1995.