Vin Nardizzi is Associate Professor of English and an Associate Member of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. At The University of British Columbia (UBC), he teaches Renaissance literature, ecotheory, and queer and disability studies.
His first book, Wooden Os: Shakespeare’s Theatres and England’s Trees (University of Toronto Press, 2013), brings into view the forest and the trees of Renaissance drama: it explores connections among Shakespeare’s theatre, drama set “in the woods,” and an environmental crisis that propagandists claimed would lead to an eco-political collapse – an unprecedented scarcity of wood and timber. The Society for Theatre Research has short-listed it for the 2013 Theatre Book Prize. With Stephen Guy-Bray and Will Stockton, he edited Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (Ashgate, 2009) and, with Jean E. Feerick, co-edited The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). With colleagues at UBC and Simon Fraser University (SFU), he co-convenes Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds. He received a Killam Teaching Prize in 2011.