Michelle Balaev teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century American literature, literary theory, ecocriticism, and contemporary literature. She obtained her degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 1997), the University of Nevada, Reno (M.A. 2000), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D. 2006).
Contemporary Approaches in Literary Trauma Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, Forthcoming); "Ecocriticism's Past and Future." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (May 2013). The Nature of Trauma in American Novels (Northwestern University Press, 2012); "The Formation of a Field: Ecocriticism in America." PMLA (2012). "Trends in Literary Trauma Theory." Mosaic: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (2008); "Landscape Imagery and Memory." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2006).
20th-Century American Literature; Contemporary Novels; Ecocriticism; Psychology and Literature; Cultural Studies; Pacific Rim Literature, particularly Australian and New Zealand literature as well as the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Her past research has addressed psychoanalytical theory, race and cultural studies, geography, and contemporary American literature. Currently she has several projects in progress: a book that addresses tragedy in modern and late-modern American texts; a book project that deals with Hemingway's personal correspondences and journals; and a future project that examines Toer's newspaper publications and novels.