Alex is a graduate student at the University of Montana, Missoula where he is studying environmental philosophy. He completed his undergraduate study in English and philosophy at the College of Wooster. His research interests are environmentalism of urban areas, Thoreau, and wilderness.
Some of the projects Alex will be working on over the course of his summer internship include contributing to Minding Nature journal and assisting with research regarding nonhuman personhood and how this is deployed in legal contexts.. The topics he plans to explore include how environmental change might be noticed as it unfolds in local spaces. Examples of this include wildflowers blooming sooner than normal or how senior citizens compare the winters of their childhood and today. He is also interested in broadening what counts as pollution in the 21st century beyond toxicity and unwanted chemicals. He would like to approach these topics through both poetry and essays. Finally, he is hoping to catch glimpses of downtown Chicago’s peregrine falcons soaring between the skyscrapers.