Rivers, Daniel

Contact Information

photo of Daniel Rivers217 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-0152


Visiting Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


PhD, Claremont Graduate University
MA, New York University
BA, Sonoma State University


Daniel's classes engage American studies and America at intersections of society, identity, and the the global environment. Drawing from cultural history, the humanities, and the sciences, his courses ask students to examine how material, imaginative, and political aspects of American culture organize our sense of history and possibility.

Before joining the faculty at Miami, Daniel taught courses in women's and gender studies, interdisciplinary studies, and the humanities, including special topics courses on animal studies, sexuality, and social activism.


Daniel's current research in American studies engages with feminist and queer studies, histories of race and ethnicity, science studies, and environmental studies in order to examine how popular notions of nature and the natural have shaped Americans' relationships with landscapes, resources, and multispecies life.

Daniel is currently serving as guest editor for the upcoming special issue of Women's Studies titled, "Futures of Feminist Science Studies," and his work has appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies.

Daniel's current book project, Life Outside: The Politics of Species and the Spaces of the Human examines how practices of imagining nature, species, and the human have influenced California's development as a material region and a cultural landscape. Each chapter of this project assembles an archive of literary, visual, environmental, and material culture to examine how intrahuman and interspecies interactions have shaped spatial and ecological networks of development, displacement, survival, and belonging.


Daniel collaborates on calls for papers and chairs panel presentations as co-chair of the Cultural Studies Association's Environment, Space, and Place working group. He was also as a contributing researcher on the Routledge Book of American Women Writers.