Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is an interdisciplinary scholar of environmental studies whose research combines sociology, media studies, and literary criticism to examine the cultural, social, and political dimensions of climate change, with a focus on climate justice. He is the author of Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture, co-editor of An Ecotopian Lexicon, and editor of Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspective on Life in Singapore. He is currently engaged in research projects on reproductive choices in the age of climate change; climate fiction; empirical ecocriticism; and sea-level rise in Southeast Asia.

Climate fiction
Environmental literature
Reproduction in the age of climate change
Climate justice
Environmental humanities
Sea-level rise in Southeast Asia

Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore (Ethos Books, 2020)

An Ecotopian Lexicon (University of Minnesota Press, 2019)

“Teaching the Environmental Humanities: International Perspectives and Practices,” co-author, Environmental Humanities 11.2 (2019)

“Whose Odds? The Absence of Climate Justice in American Climate Fiction,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 26.4 (2019)

“The Influence of Climate Fiction: An Empirical Survey of Readers,” Environmental Humanities 10.2 (2018)

“Some Islands Will Rise: Singapore in the Anthropocene,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 4.1 (2017)

“Climate Change Fiction,” in American Literature in Transition: 2000 – 2010, edited by Rachel Greenwald Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Affect,” in Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics, edited by Imre Szeman, Patricia Yaeger and Jennifer Wenzel (Fordham University Press, 2017)

“Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk,” co-author, Science, Technology and Human Values, 41.3 (2016)

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

“Fossilized in Houston,” public art project funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and DiverseWorks, February – June 2015, Houston, TX (

“From Politics to Prophecy: Environmental Quiescence and the ‘Peak-Oil’ Movement,” Environmental Politics, 22.5 (2013)

“Disaster Movies and the ‘Peak Oil’ Movement: Does Popular Culture Encourage Eco-Apocalyptic Beliefs in the U.S.?” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture, 7.3 (2013)

“What Almost Was: The Politics of the Contemporary Alternate History Novel,” American Studies, 50.3/4 (2009)

Foundations of Environmental Humanities
Ecotopian Visions
The Ethics and Politics of Reproduction in the Age of Climate Change
Energy Humanities
Science Fiction and the Environment
Environmental Movements
Applied Environmental Research
Capstone in Environmental Studies
Comparative Social Inquiry
Literature and Humanities II