image is headshot of Ned SchaumbergAssistant Professor

Literature of the Sea

Pronouns: he/him

Email: [email protected]






Courses 2020-21:
MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Fall)

MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Spring)
MAST/ENVI 266 Reading Water (Spring)

Undergraduate Institution: Whitman College, English

Graduate Institution: University of Washington, English

Research Areas: English, ecocriticism, global Anglophone literature

Ned’s scholarly background is in English, and his work examines literary efforts to describe the experience of water’s flow and circulation, arguing that figurative language and narrative structures play an increasingly important role in understanding water across space and time. More specifically, he considers literary water from a range of cultural and geographic perspectives to showcase the ways unique and collective experiences of water shape the communities who encounter it. This work draws on his broader work in Ecocriticism and Global Anglophone Literature.

Ned received his PhD in English from the University of Washington, where he taught for the English and Environmental Studies departments, as well as for the Friday Harbor Laboratories Field Station in the San Juan Islands. He earned his BA in English from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Before arriving at Williams, Ned was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, and served as the Seedbox Postdoctoral Fellow, a collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington, and Linköping University, Sweden, examining the role of the humanities in understanding and approaching complex environmental problems.