Sophie Christman Lavin recently earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York. Her research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth-century environmental literary criticism, ecocinema studies, and political and cultural ecologies. Her dissertation, “The Sustainable Victorians?” analyzes novels, poems, and prose to argue that a type of proto-sustainability emerged in the locus of the Victorian Anthropocene. Recent teaching experience includes: Introduction to Fiction, Nature in the Nineteenth Century, Ecopoetics, and The Modern Victorian Environment.

Sophie has volunteered as an editor at the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also an Open SUNY fellow in the Center for Excellence in Online Teaching. Sophie’s recent research presentations include the keynote at Friends of Dickens NY, a session at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s 2016 online carbon-free conference The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures and the twenty-second annual Dickens Society Symposium.

In 2017, Sophie was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies second place student essay award. During the 2018/19 academic year, she will continue to be in research residence at the Wertheim Study Room of the New York Public Library

Her scholarship has been published in Adaptation,  The Journal of Ecocriticism, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Sophie’s co-authored article “The Climate of Ecocinema,” appears in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Her most recent publication is the “Foreword” for the Routledge text The Ecophobia Hypothesis.


  • Ph.D. English, SUNY Stony Brook University, 5/18

  • Certificat, Cours de langue francaise, Sorbonne

  • Certificat, Cours de langue et civilisation, Sorbonne

  • M.A. Interdiscplinary Studies in Aesthetics, Long Island University

  • B.A. Philosophy, Eastern Illinois University



  • Co-principal Investigator for “Witnessing Climate Change: A Documentation Project”. This interdisciplinary Humanities for the Environment FAHSS-funded project, is in partnership with Departments of English, Sustainability, Humanities Institute, Southampton Campus, and Community Collaborators.

  • Member, Humanities for the Environment Executive Committee. As a member of the executive committee Sophie has developed lecture series such as “The Nature of Ecocentrism” and “Climate Justice” with speakers including Greta Gaard, Michael Klare, Jesse Oak Taylor, and Tonya Lewis.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences


  • “Presenter,” CUNY Victorian Seminar, Fall 2018.

  • “Presenter, George Eliot’s Planetarity,” North American Studies Association, Fall 2018.

  • “Presenter, Cultural Extinction,” MLA19, Winter 2019

  •  Keynote,” Friends of Dickens New York, January 2018.


  • Presenter, “The Legal Ecology of Sustainable Citizenship,” Legal Ecologies roundtable, MLA 18

  • Presenter, “Dickens and Government Resistance: The Battle to Save Epping Forest,” Dickens and Resistance panel, MLA 18 2017

  • Presenter, “Platonic Hard Times,” Why are We Here? Philosophical/Political Dickens panel, 22nd Annual Dickens Symposium

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