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Lady Eaton College building with green trees in the background


Finis Dunaway

B.A. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
Wallis Hall 118, Traill College
705-748-1011 x 7026

Research interests:

Modern United States cultural and environmental history; American Studies; visual culture; mass media and the environment; arctic landscapes


Book CoverSeeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)

John G. Cawelti Award, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

AEJMC History Division Book Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Robert K. Martin Book Prize, Canadian Association for American Studies



Book CoverNatural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005; paperback, 2008).





Selected Articles:

  • “Dr. Spock Is Worried: Visual Media and the Emotional History of American Environmentalism,” in Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, ed. Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S.K. Young (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), 138-161.
  • “Beyond Wilderness: Robert Adams, New Topographics, and the Aesthetics of Ecological Citizenship,” in Reframing the New Topographics, ed. Greg Foster-Rice and John Rohrbach (Chicago: Center for AmericanPlaces, 2010), 13-43.
  • “Cultures of Nature: Twentieth Century,” in A Companion to American Environmental History, ed. Douglas Cazaux Sackman (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 266-284.
  • “Seeing Global Warming: Contemporary Art and the Fate of the Planet,” Environmental History 14 (January 2009): 9-31. [Reprinted in Future Climate Change, ed. Mark Maslin and Samuel Randalls (New York: Routledge, 2011), vol. IV, 391-414.]
  • “Gas Masks, Pogo, and the Ecological Indian: Earth Day and the Visual Politics of American Environmentalism,” American Quarterly 60 (March 2008): 67-99.
  • “Reframing the Last Frontier: Subhankar Banerjee and the Visual Politics of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” American Quarterly 58 (March 2006): 159-180. [Reprinted in A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History, ed. Alan C. Braddock and Christoph Irmscher (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009), 254-274.]