Eileen Crist

Eileen Crist, Associate Professor

Eileen Crist, Associate Professor
Eileen Crist, Associate Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
231 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5195 | ecrist@vt.edu

Eileen Crist received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in sociology and her doctorate from Boston University, also in sociology, with a specialization in life sciences and society. Between 1989 and 1991 she lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied environmental evolution (Gaia theory) with Lynn Margulis. Following postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Diego and Cornell, she accepted a position at Virginia Tech in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, where she has been teaching since 1997. She is author of Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind. She is also coeditor of a number of books, including Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis; Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation; and Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. Crist is the author of numerous papers and contributor to the late journal Wild Earth. Visit her website to learn more.

  • Wildlife
  • Environmental Science
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • B.A., Haverford College
  • Advisor, Program in Humanities, Science, and Environment

Books

Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind, Temple University Press, 1999/2000

Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth, Island Press, 2014

Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation, Island Press, 2014

Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, University of Georgia Press, 2012

Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis, MIT Press, 2010

Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century, MIT Press, 2004

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