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Rina Garcia Chua is a Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and she received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her dissertation, Migrant Ecocritcism: Unbinding Movements and Spaces in Anthologies of Ecopoetry, passed with no revisions. Rina's master’s thesis received the “Outstanding Thesis” Award from the De La Salle University–Manila and she is the editor of the first anthology of Philippine ecopoetry, Sustaining the Archipelago (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2018). The anthology was nominated for the Philippine National Book Award for Best Anthology in English. Her scholarship includes recently published essays in Canadian Literature, Close Reading in the Anthropocene (Routledge), Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education (Lexington Books), The Journal of Southeast Asian Ecocriticism, Katipunan, Likhaan, Green Letters – Studies in Ecocriticism, AKDA: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, and Performance, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, Tómas Literary Journal, and Kritika Kultura


She also published creative works (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction) in Philippine and international  journals, newspapers, and magazines; her recent creative publications can be read in World Literature Today, The Global South, g u e s t, Environmental History Now, Aster(ix), among others. She is a co-editor of the anthology, Empire and Environment: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific, with Heidi Amin-Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Xiaojing Zhou (University of Michigan Press, 2022). Chua is also the immediate past co-diversity officer for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, and poetry editor for Tiger Moth Review

Currently, Chua is an "Affective Currents" Spring Institute Fellow with the Leslie Center of the Humanities at Dartmouth College. Her current book manuscript develops the framework of a migrant reading practice in analyzing curations, collations, and anthologies of literary and visual cultures, and she is completing her poetry chapbook, “A Geography of (Un)Natural Hazards,” which is a visual and poetic response to migrant and arrivant cultures, liminal environments, and violences of form and language.

Recent and Relevant Publications

All photos used in this website are from Rina's personal collection.

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