Jill Gatlin completed her Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Washington, where she taught in the Department of English, the Program on the Environment, the Interdisciplinary Writing Program, and the Educational Opportunity Program. Her teaching and research interests include American literature, environmental justice literature, ethnic literature, modernist and postmodernist literature, visual and literary landscapes, interdisciplinary writing, and cultural studies (including topics such as consumption and waste, place and power, race and nation, and food in literature and culture). She is dedicated to exploring the aesthetic pleasures, interpretive insights, and ethical prospects that may emerge from critically and creatively understanding and imagining the world through language and image. In the classroom, she aims to help students become confident critical thinkers, readers, writers, and speakers and to facilitate their discovery of the problems and possibilities of language, literary and visual texts, and cultural contexts.
Gatlin's research examines intersections of literature, culture, and the environment, with a particular focus on poets and fiction writers who resist the tendency to idealize the American landscape as a pristine, "natural" space. She brings together concerns regarding landscape aesthetics, pollution, everyday knowledge, and national belonging to demonstrate that ideas about environmental justice have a long literary history in the U.S. Her doctoral dissertation, Nature, Environmental Hazard, and the Everyday Landscape of Resistance: A Genealogy of U.S. Literary Environmental Justice, 1861-1995, was supported by several University of Washington fellowships, and her presentation, "Landscapes and Lungs: Race, Space, and Toxicity in Hubert Skidmore's Hawk's Nest," received the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's inaugural award for Best Graduate Student Scholarly Paper in 2007. Her conference paper, "Experience is all we have: Postpositivist Realist Ethics in Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place" appears in the collection, A Wilderness of Signs: Ethics, Beauty, and Environment after Postmodernism. Gatlin has contributed to curriculum development projects including the Washington Center's Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative, and she also researches in the field of metacognitive pedagogy, exploring active learning as a practice that involves reflecting on the learning process itself.
B.A. in English and B.A.M. in Music, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Colorado; M.A. in English, University of Washington; Ph.D. in English, honors, University of Washington.