Cheryl J Fish

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Professor Cheryl J. Fish teaches English 100.5 as well as English 320, an elective that considers environmental justice and sustainability issues in literature, film and eco-media. She has been visiting professor in women’s studies and liberal studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, a lecturer in American Studies at Mount Holyoke College, a Fulbright Professor at University of Tampere, Finland, and a docent lecturer in the Department of Cultures at University of Helsinki.

In Fall of 2018, Prof. Fish was a writer-in-residence at KulttuuriKauppila in Ii, Finland. Professor Fish has been the Grimes Scholar-in-Residence at the NYU Faculty Resource Network where she researched film by indigenous Sami people of Northern Scandinavia, with a focus on representations of mining and extraction in film and photography, and on Sami identity and resistance.

Professor Fish has also lectured on June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller’s architectural collaboration in Harlem in the 1960s, and how their work was an early example of advocating for sustainable development, ecojustice, and linking it to critical race theory.
Professor Fish’s short fiction has been featured in Liars League NYC and she was a finalist for L Magazine‘s Literary Upstart search for pocket fiction for an excerpt from her novel manuscript Off the Yoga Mat. Her short story, “Never Buy Dope in Washington Square,” from the innovative fiction journal Between C&D was featured in an exhibit at the Fales Library, New York University, in 2015. Her latest poetry chapbook is Make It Funny, Make it Last (#171, Belladonna, 2014). Her creative writing has appeared in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Far from the Centers of Ambition: The Legacy of Black Mountain College;; New American Writing; Talisman; The Village Voice; Kudzu House Press; Santa Monica Review and Volt. She is the author of the scholarly study “Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations.”


Environmental Humanities, Ecocriticism,  Activist Art, Creative Writing, Contemporary Fiction, American Literature, African American Travel Writing, Film and ecomedia by Indigenous Sami artists.


  • Ph.D. CUNY Graduate School, English and American Literature,1997
  • MFA, Brooklyn College, CUNY.
  • BA, Michigan State University.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Participant, “Cell Phone Filmmaking,” NYU Faculty Resource Network Summer seminar, June, 2019.

PSC/CUNY grant cycle 50 for research on eco-media and activist art in response to mining and climate change by Indigenous Sami artists.

Creative Writing Residency, KulttuuriKauppila Artists Residency, Ii, Finland, Sept. 2018.

Faculty Publication Program Grant, 2017/18, to revise essay for publication.

 Seed Box Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Linköping University, Sweden.

Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, for research by CUNY community college faculty (2016-2017).

Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence, New York University Faculty Resource Network. June, 2015. Research for a paper on Sami Film as response mining/resource extraction in the Arctic North.


Additional Information

Publications include: BOOKSBlack and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations (University Press of Florida, 2004).

A Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing co-edited with Farah Griffin. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999)

essays: “Environmental Justice in Literature and Film: From the Toxic to the Sustainable” in Teaching North American Enviromental Literature Eds. Laird Christensen et al. New York: Modern Language Association, 2008: 294-305

“Enviromental Justice in Harlem: Buckminster Fuller and June Jordan’s “Architextural” Collaboration,” in Discourse: A Journal of Cultural and Media Studies

“The Toxic Body Politic: Ethnicity, Gender and Corrective Ecojustice” in Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and Judith Helfand’s “Blue Vinyl” of MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature) of the U.S. on race and environment, Edited by Scott Slovic and Joni Adamson.

“Ecocritical Terror”: U.S. Direct Action Fiction and Film in the Name of Ecodefense,” (trans. into Finnish). In Noisy Spring: Ecocritical Literary Studies eds. Toni Lahtinen and Markku Lehtimaki Helsinki: The Society of Finnish Literature, 2008.

“Rhetorics of Terrorism in American Literature about Environmental Degradation,” (translated into Finnish) in Perspectives on Terrorism: Interpretations and Problematics. Editor Kari Laitinen. Espoo: Police College of Finland: Research Series Esd 2007.

Entry and guide on Nancy Prince, Heath Anthology of American Literature, Ed. Paul Lauter (fifth edition, 2005).

“Journeys and Warnings: Nancy Prince’s Travels as Cautionary Tales for African American Readers,” in Women at Sea: Travel and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse, Eds. Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Ivette Romero-Cesareo. New York: Palgrave, 2001: 225-243.

“‘Unconnected Intelligence’ and the Public Intellectual: Margaret Fuller’s Letters and Critical Writing,” in Margaret Fuller’s Cultureal Critique: Her Age And Legacy. Ed. Fritz Fleischmann. New York: Peter Land, 2000: 153-65.

“Voices of Restless (Dis)Continuity: The Significance of Travel for Black Women in the Ante-bellum Americas,” Women’s Studies, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26:5 (July, 1997): 475-95.

“Someone to Watch Over Me: Politics and Paradoxes in Academic Mentoring,” essay in Working Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory. Eds. Michele M. Tokarczyk and Elizabeth Fay. Amherst: UNiversity of Massachusetts Press, 1003: 179-96.

Other essays: “Cash Test Dummy: Surviving Parenthood on One Income,” in Choosing Motherhood: Single Mothers by Choice Share Their Stories. Ed. Karyn Slutsky. New York: Falling Fences, 2007.