CUNY has given the Feliks Gross and Henry Wasser Award recognizing outstanding research by assistant professors in the humanities or sciences to Professor Steven Swarbrick (English). Swarbrick was also honored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment as the April 2022 Scholar of the Month.


Swarbrick specializes in early modern literature, literary and cultural theory, and the environmental humanities. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Environmental Unconscious: Ecological Poetics from Spenser to Milton,  which he says “brings psychoanalytic theory to bear on ecological problems and asks why, despite our current fluency in new materialism, we are still unable to address environmental catastrophe.” He’s working on two new book projects: Destituent Ecology: Libidinal Politics for the Environmental Left and Negative Life: The Cinema of Extinction (coauthored with Jean-Thomas Tremblay).