Mark Sturges joined the English department in 2014 after completing his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University. He studies early American literature with a focus on nature writing and environmental history. His current research explores the relationship between literature, agriculture, and environmental ethics in the early American republic, and in recent years he has published articles about Thomas Jefferson, William Bartram, the poetry of sheep farming, and the intersection of ecocriticism and textual criticism. Overall, Mark is fascinated by the ways in which literary expression both shapes and reveals cultural attitudes about the natural world, and thus he puts environmental issues at the forefront of his critical and pedagogical practices. He teaches a variety of courses in American literature and environmental literature, and he often takes his students outdoors to “ground-truth” the intellectual content of his classes. In the future, he hopes to teach courses about Cape Cod and the Adirondacks that will combine traditional classroom instruction with outdoor field components like canoeing, kayaking, and backpacking.