Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where she has taught since 1994\. Her research, graduate supervision, and teaching lie at the intersections of environmental literature, history, and cultural studies; feminist, gender, and queer studies; and social and political theory.
She was Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture from 2004 to 2014, and has recently served as President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and of the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC). Much of her recent work focuses on the ways in which the arts and humanities -- especially creative writing and literary criticism -- illuminate and shape the cultural politics of environmental change.
An internationally-recognized leader in the field of the environmental humanities, she is the author of over 60 scholarly papers, popular articles, and creative works, as well as the author or co-editor of the books The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and Democracy (1999); This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (2005); Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (2010); and Green Words / Green Worlds: Environmental Literatures and Politics (TBA). She is currently completing a monograph that considers the literary and political legacy of B.C. author Jane Rule, entitled A Very Queer Citizen? Jane Rule's Public Lives, and is writing a series of literary nonfiction essays on urban botany and environmental history that will become the book Plantasmagoria.