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Desiree Hellegers' Research

Dr. Desiree Hellegers

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Associate Professor
Department of English
Affiliated Faculty, Collective for Social and Environmental Justice
Phone: (360) 546-9643
Fax: (360) 546-9036
Office: VMMC 202V
Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:50- 3:20 pm and by appointment
Support Staff:
Jamie Hankins

I’ve been teaching at WSU Vancouver since 1993 and was a founding co-director of the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice. My research interests include ecocriticism, ecofeminism, environmental justice literature, 20th and 21st century American literature, 17th century British literature, creative writing (poetry and plays) environmental health issues, homelessness, oral history, civil liberties, and social movements. I am a long time board member of Portland Peace and Justice Works/Copwatch and a member/contributor of/to the Old Mole Variety Hour Collective on Portland’s KBOO Radio. Recent radio segments and lectures related to my areas of research interest are linked below.

Recent Publications


“Unnatural Causes: Health Takes a Hit in Portland Oregon,” Counterpunch, October 19, 2017.

‘Energy without Injury: From Redwood Summer to Break Free via Occupy Wall Street,” Counterpunch, May 23, 2016.

“From Poisson Road to Poison Road: Mapping the Toxic Trail of Windigo Capital in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 27.2 (2015): 1-28.

Trade Wars: Monsanto’s Return to Viet Nam,” Counterpunch, May 8, 2015.


No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance,” staged reading, Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 23 and 24, 2015.


No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). 







Digital Archive

“Choke Point”: An Archival History of Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Resistance

  • B.A. English, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D. University of Washington
Recent Awards/Recognition
  • Finalist, New Millenium Writings, Literary Award (Poetry), 2017
  • Long-listed for the UK-based National Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, 2015
Podcasts of Select KBOO Radio Segments
  •  Interview with legendary Seattle singer-songwriter-activist Jim Page. (aired 2/5/18).