Michelle Balaev teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century American literature, literary theory, ecocriticism, contemporary literature, and postcolonial 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 and 21st century American Literature; Contemporary Novels; Ecocriticism; Psychology and Literature; Cultural Studies; Pacific Rim Literature, especially Australian literature. Her past research has addressed psychoanalytical theory, race and cultural studies, geography, ethnic American literature, and contemporary novels. Her current work focuses on the modern tragic in contemporary texts.