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Jennifer Atkinson

Associate Teaching Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Washington

Dr. Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor in environmental studies at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is the author of "Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy and Everyday Practice," a book that explores the hidden desires behind gardening throughout American history. Dr. Atkinson's seminar on "Climate Grief & Eco-Anxiety" was one of the first college courses of its kind in the U.S., and has been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, The Seattle Times, Grist, and dozens of other outlets. She is also host of "Facing It," a podcast about climate despair and eco-anxiety. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Washington for the past 12 years.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies and American & Ethnic Studies, University of Washington


  • 2009 
    University of Chicago, PhD / English Language and Literature