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Desiree Hellegers' Research

Dr. Desiree Hellegers


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:
Mondays and Wednesdays
11 – 11:30am and by appointment
Support Staff:
Annette Bradstreet

I’ve been teaching at WSU Vancouver since 1993 and was a founding co-director of the Center 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 station. Recent radio segments and lectures related to my areas of research interest are linked below.

Recent Publications


‘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. Anticipated full production in fall 2016.


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

  • B.A. English, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D. University of Washington
Recent Awards/Recognition
  • Long-listed in 2015 for the UK-based National Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition for “Catechism Follows Recess,” about Nick Ut’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc running from a napalm strike on her village.