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Heidi Hutner

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1993, University of Washington, Seattle

Environmental literature and film; ecofeminism; environmental justice; feminism; race studies; women’s literature; Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture.

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Heidi Hutner teaches and writes about environmental literature and film, environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and media.  Her courses are interdisciplinary and, in addition to traditional academic study, often include hands-on experiential work such as hiking, environmental activism, gardening, and creative writing.

Dr. Hutner’s journey into environmentalism and sustainability began through the study of the links between toxic pollution and disease in the writing of Rachel Carson and Sandra Steingraber. This led to her teaching courses and writing about toxics and cancer in literature and film.  More recently, Dr. Hutner’s work expanded to include a larger range of environmental issues as they are represented in literature, film and other media, such as global warming and climate change, radioactive nuclear pollution, food/agricultural and animal rights, and general sustainability/energy issues.  Dr. Hutner is the faculty advisor for the Environmental Humanities Major in the Sustainability Studies Program.

Publications (partial list)


Books in progress by Heidi Hutner

  • ECO-GRIEF: Despair, Outrage and Hope in the Age of the Anthropocene explores Hutner’s journey into environmental teaching, eco-activism, and eco-mothering.
  • NOWHERE: An Atomic Memoir is a tale of mothers and daughters, healing and redemption, set against the backdrop of anti-nuclear activism in the 1960s.

Selected books and texts by Heidi Hutner

Selected books and texts edited by Heidi Hutner


Selected articles for popular print and online magazines by Heidi Hutner

Selected academic and professional articles by Heidi Hutner

  • Narratives of Fukushima: Untold Tales, Secrets and Lies.” Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability. Ed. Robert Brinkmann. Palgrave, 2017. (Forthcoming).
  • “Fukushima Stories: Radiation, Women, Children and Female Animals.” Oral Histories of the Environment. Ed. Stephen Sloan. Oxford UP, 2017. (Forthcoming)
  • “A Landscape of Grief: Rocky Flats, Then and Now.” Doom With A View. Eds. Kristen Iversen and Warren J. Perry. Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. (Forthcoming)
  • “A Nuclear Fallout Family: Tales from Miami.” Journal of Florida Studies, 2015: 4.
  • Hurricane Sandy Diary.” ISLE: Oxford Journals, Winter 2014.
  • “Mothering and Cancer: The Awakening of an Ecofeminist.” Maternal Pedagogies: In and Outside the Classroom. Eds. Deborah Byrd and Fiona Green. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011.
  • The Birth of an Eco-Mom: Cancer, Feminism, and the Environment.” Environmental Natures: The Natural, The Social, The Built. MIRCI 2.1, July 2011: 39-53.
  • An Introduction to Miss Sidney Bidulph.”  The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph by Frances Sheridan. Heidi Hutner and Nicole Garret Eds. Toronto: Broadview Literary Texts, 2011.
  • “Ecofeminism and Motherhood.” Encyclopedia of Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Golson Books, 2010.
  • Ecofeminism, Motherhood, and the Post-Apocalyptic Utopia in Into the Forest and Parable of the Sower.” Women, Writing Nature. Ed. Barbara Cook. Kentucky: Lexington/Roman, 2007.
  • “Rereading Aphra Behn: An Introduction.” Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993.
  • “Revisioning the Female Body: The Rover, parts I and II.” Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993.
  • “Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko: The Politics of Gender, Race, and Class.” Living By the Pen: Early Women Writers. d. Dale Spender. New York: Teacher’s College, Columbia University Press, 1992.
  • “Evelina and the Problem of the Female Grotesque.” Genre, 1990: 23.


Keynote Talks

Selected keynote talks by Heidi Hutner

  • Opening Address: “What is Sustainability?” SUNY Sustainability Conference. September, 2015.
  • “Ecofeminism and Mothering in Literature and Film Keynote Address.” 2009 ARM Conference. Toronto, Canada. 2009.
  • “What is Ecofeminism?” Pratt Institute for Greenweek. Brooklyn, N.Y. 2009.

Selected invited presentations by Heidi Hutner

  • “Activism, Community, and Love.” Wesleyan University.  April, 2016.
  • “Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice, and Literature.” SUNY Sustainability Conference. Stony Brook University. September, 2015.
  • “Fukushima and Nuclear DisasterRoundtable Discussion.” The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y. December 2014
  • “The Debate on Nuclear Power.” Hofstra University. Hempstead, N.Y. November 2014
  • “Sustainability, Writing and Nature.” Omega Institute. Rhinebeck, N.Y. July 2014.
  • “Literature, Language, and Sustainability.” Omega Institute. Rhinebeck, N.Y. July 2013.
  • “Maternal Anti-Nuclear History.” St. Petersburg State University. St. Petersburg, Russia. Summer 2012.
  • “Feminism and Anti-Nuclear Mothers.” Green Festival at the Javits Center. New York, N.Y. Spring 2012.
  • “After Fukishima: Nuclear Power and Public Health.” The Great Debate at the Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y. Fall 2011.
  • “Mothers and Anti-Nuclear Activism.” With Susan Griffin and Medea Benjamin at Poets and Busboys. Washington, D.C. Fall 2011.
  • “Sandra Steingraber’s Ecofeminism and Cancer: An Introduction to Living Downstream, the Film.” The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y. Spring 2011.
  • “Ecofeminism and the Post-Apocalyptic in Parable of the Sower and Into the Forest.” The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y. 2007.
  • “What is Ecofeminist Theory?” Supported by the Environmental Club of Stony Brook, at Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y. 2006.
  • “Reflowering the Garden: Ecofeminism and Literature.“ Mill Pond House. Stony Brook, N.Y. 2005.


Celebrating 50 Years With The Risk Of Saying Nothing

Photo above:  At the keynote for our "Risk of Saying Nothing" environmental media conference, five Deans stand with proclamations from local government officials.  From left, Valerie Cartright, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman, Dr. Malcolm Bowman, Dr. Minghua Zhang,...

The Risk of Saying Nothing

"The Risk of Saying Nothing" Environmental Media Conference On Friday October 13th, join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences as we explore “The Risk of Saying Nothing,” an environmental media...

SoMAS 50th Anniversary

Interim Dean of SoMAS, Larry SwansonWelcome to SoMAS! Many opportunities await you here. 2017 will be an exciting year to enter a career in marine and atmospheric sciences as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Read More from the Dean

SoMAS Convocation 2017

Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...

SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years.  This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...

Coffee with Hx2: Kristen Iversen

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Kristen Iversen; author of the acclaimed book, Full Body Burden. They discuss Full Body Burden, a nonfiction investigative memoir about Rocky Flats, a plutonium factory (nuclear weapons) in Colorado.

Coffee with Hx2: Ellen Weininger

Join us in this interview with Ellen Weininger; Director Educational Outreach at Grassroots Environmental Education.

Coffee with Hx2: Courtney Williams

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Courtney Williams; cancer researcher who brings over a decade of experience and the molecular mechanisms of disease to parse the emerging data on the health and environmental impacts of shale gas development.

Coffee with Hx2: Dr. John Warner

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Dr.John Warner; Green Chemist, about the need for "safe" and non-toxic green chemistry, and safe products. He calls for the re-education of chemistry students and scholars, so that they design and create products with...

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