Gillen D'Arcy Wood



Gillen D'Arcy Wood is Associate Director of Education at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, where he directs the Certificate in Environmental Writing (co-sponsored by the English Department), and serves as editor of Q Magazine, devoted to student environmental writing. He is the author of five books on nineteenth-century literature, culture, and environmental history, including the award-winning Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World (Princeton 2014) and Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and the Secrets of its Ice (forthcoming Princeton 2020). His current research focuses on our deteriorating oceans and the Victorian origins of marine science.

Research Interests

Climate Change, Disaster Studies, Environmental History, History of Earth Sciences


Ph.D Columbia University, 2000

Courses Taught

Environmental Writing, Poetry and Poetics, The Anthropocene, History of Earth Sciences


  • ESE/ENGL 360 Environmental Writing
  • ESE/ENGL 477 Advanced Environmental Writing
  • ESE/ENGL 498 Environmental Writing for Publication
  • ESE/ENGL 293 The Anthropocene
  • GEOL 201 History of Geology
  • ENGL 431 Green Romanticism
  • ENGL 300 Can Poetry Save the Earth?

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Geology
Associate Director for Education and Outreach, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Highlighted Publications

Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World (Princeton 2014)

Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1760-1860 (Cambridge 2010)

Hosack's Folly: A Novel of Old New York (Other Press, 2005)

The Shock of the Real: Romanticism and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2001)

Recent Publications

Wood, G. DA. (2019). Arctic voyages (1838–1842): Sir Edward Sabine, James Ross, and the magnetic sublime. Wordsworth Circle, 50(2), 237-246.

Wood, G. DA. (2019). Climate Delusion: Hurricane Sandy, Sea-Level Rise, and 1840s Catastrophism. Humanities, 8(131).

Wood, G. DA. (2019). Ghosts of 1816. In Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe (pp. 191). Palgrave Macmillan.

Wood, G. DA. (2018). Notes from Tambora; or, Planetary Persuasions. In D. Hannah (Ed.), A Year Without a Winter Columbia University Press.

Wood, G. DA. (2018). Interglacial Victorians. In Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture (pp. 220). Routledge.

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