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Timothy Morton

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Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English, Rice University

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and Director of the Cool America Foundation. They have collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Susan Kucera, Hrafnhildur Arnadottir, Sabrina Scott, Adam McKay, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, Pharrell Williams and Justin Guariglia. Morton co-wrote and appears in Living in the Future’s Past, a 2018 film about global warming with Jeff Bridges. They are the author of the libretto for the opera Time Time Time by Jennifer Walshe. Morton’s work has been translated 46 times into 19 languages. In 2014 they gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory at UC Irvine.

Morton has published Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology (Columbia, 2024), The Stuff of Life (Bloomsbury, 2023), All Art Is Ecological (Penguin, 2021), Spacecraft (Bloomsbury, 2021), Hyposubjects: On Becoming Human (Open Humanities, 2021), Being Ecological (Penguin, 2018), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Verso, 2017), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), 8 other books and 300 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food.


  • –present
    Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English , Rice University


  • 1993 
    Oxford University , D.Phil.
  • 1989 
    Oxford University , BA