Positioned within writing studies, Dobrin’s research focuses on three distinct but overlapping subjects: the ecological properties of writing; ecocriticism and ecocomposition, including questions of oceanic criticism; and the relationship between writing and emerging technologies, including questions of contemporary digital and visual/screen culture. Dobrin is also Director of the Trace Innovation Initiative, a research hub that studies emerging writing technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, comic forms as scholarship, writing ecology, and other cool stuff. Dobrin has been named a Digital Thought Leader by Adobe, and he serves as Chair of the American Sportfishing Association’s Advocacy Committee.
Dobrin’s latest monograph Fishing, Gone?: Saving the Ocean through Sportfishing, a book about the future of the world’s oceans, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2019. He is currently completing a book and media project called Blue Ecocriticism, which is scheduled to be published by Routledge. He has also recently completed the co-edited (with Sean Morey) collection Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, also to be published by Routledge, and he is wrapping up his edited collection EcoComix, which is scheduled to be published by McFarland Books. His other recent publications include the edited collection Digital Environments (Routledge, 2017), the co-edited collection (with Kyle Jensen) Abducting Writing Studies (Southern Illinois UP, 2016), and the edited collection Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing (Parlor, 2015).
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