Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)

Associate Professor


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Associate 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 (University of Chicago Press, 2015), co-editor of An Ecotopian Lexicon (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and editor of Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspective on Life in Singapore (Ethos Books, 2020). He is currently writing a book about eco-reproductive concerns in the age of climate change, co-editing a book on empirical ecocriticism, and conducting empirical studies on the reception of climate fiction.

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

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew, ed. Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2020.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew and Brent Ryan Bellamy, eds. An Ecotopian Lexicon. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “The Environmental Politics of Reproductive Choices in the Age of Climate Change.” Environmental Politics (2021), 10.1080/09644016.2021.1902700.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Performative Pedagogy: Modeling Affect and Action in Climate Change Courses.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 8.1 (2021): 32-36.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew and Leong Kit Ling. “Eco-Reproductive Concerns in the Age of Climate Change.” Climatic Change 163 (2020): 1007-2023.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew, Abel Gustafson, Anthony Leiserowitz, Matthew H. Goldberg, Seth A. Rosenthal, and Matthew Ballew. “Environmental Literature as Persuasion: An Experimental Test of the Effects of Reading Climate Fiction.” Environmental Communication (2020), 10.1080/17524032.2020.1814377.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew, Alexa Weik von Mossner, and W.P. Malecki. “Empirical Ecocriticism: Environmental Texts and Empirical Methods.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 27.2 (2020): 327-336.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “‘Just as in the Book’? The Influence of Literature on Readers’ Awareness of Climate Injustice and Perception of Climate Migrants.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 27.2 (2020): 337-364.

O’Gorman, Emily, Thom van Dooren, Ursula Münster, Joni Adamson, Christof Mauch, Sverker Sörlin, Marco Amiero, Kati Lindström, Donna Houston, José Augusto Pádua, Kate Rigby, Owain Jones, Judy Motion, Stephen Muecke, Chia-ju Chang, Shuyuan Lu, Christopher Jones, Lesley Green, Frank Matose, Hedley Twidle, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Bethany Wiggin, and Dolly Jørgensen. “Teaching the Environmental Humanities: International Perspectives and Practices.” Environmental Humanities 11.2 (2019): 427-460.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Whose Odds? The Absence of Climate Justice in American Climate Fiction.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 26.4 (2019): 944-967.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “The Influence of Climate Fiction: An Empirical Survey of Readers.” Environmental Humanities 10.2 (2018): 473-500.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Climate Change Fiction.” In American Literature in Transition: 2000 – 2010, edited by Rachel Greenwald Smith (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 309-321.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Some Islands Will Rise: Singapore in the Anthropocene.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 4.2-3 (2017): 166-184.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Affect.” In Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, edited by Imre Szeman, Patricia Yaeger and Jennifer Wenzel (New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2017), 28-30.

Howe, Cymene, Jessica Lockrem, Hannah Appel, Edward Hackett, Dominic Boyer, Randal Hall, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Albert Pope, Akhil Gupta, Elizabeth Rodwell, Andrea Ballastero, Trevor Durbin, Farès el-Dahdah, Elizabeth Long and Cyrus Mody. “Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk.” Science, Technology and Human Values 41.3 (2016): 547-565.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “From Politics to Prophecy: Environmental Quiescence and the ‘Peak-Oil’ Movement.” Environmental Politics 22.5 (2013): 866-882.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “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): 289-314.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “The Dan Brown Phenomenon: Conspiracism in Post-9/11 Popular Fiction.” Radical History Review 111 (2011): 194-201.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “‘Too Black’: Race in the ‘Dark Ages’ of the National Basketball Association, 1976-1979.” The International Journal of Sport and Society 1.1 (2010): 223-233.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “Popular Fiction Studies.” Studies in Popular Culture 33.1 (2010): 21-35.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. “What Almost Was: The Politics of the Contemporary Alternate History Novel.” American Studies 50.3/4 (2009): 63-83.

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