Roy Scranton

Rot Scranton

Assistant Professor of English

: Creative nonfiction, fiction, literary journalism, war writing, environmental humanities, 20th century American literature

BA and MA, The New School; PhD, Princeton University

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization (City Lights, 2015) and the novel War Porn (Soho Press, 2016). His essays, journalism, short fiction, and reviews have appeared widely. In addition, Roy co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). Roy's New York Times essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, and his essay “The Terror of the New” was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. He was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016). Roy’s current project, The Politics of Trauma: World War II and American Literature, is a critical genealogy of American World War II literature, tracing how a complex array of texts exploring the problem of the hero in industrial capitalism was obscured and displaced, during and after the Vietnam War, by a literary canon centered on narratives of American trauma. 


Selected Publications

  • War Porn. New York: Soho Press, 2016. 
  • Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2015.
  • Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. Co-edited with Matt Gallagher. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2013.
  • “The Fantasy of American Violence.” New York Times, 3 July 2016.
  • “We’re Doomed. Now What?” New York Times, 21 December 2015.
  • “Tourists at the End of the World,” The Nation, 9 November 2015.
  • “An Iraqi Band’s (Semi) Happy Ending,” Rolling Stone, 9 April 2015.
  • “The Trauma Hero: From Wilfred Owen to Redeployment and American Sniper,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 25 January 2015.
  • “Back to Baghdad: Life in the City of Doom,” Rolling Stone, 31 July 2014.
  • On Anne Carson, <Red Doc. Contemporary Literature 55:1, Spring 2014.
  • “The Terror of the New,” Sierra Nevada 25, 2014.
  • “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene,” New York Times, 10 November 2013.
  • “The Curse of Coherence: Cold War CIA Funding for Oulipo’s Confidence-Man,” The Appendix, 31 October 2013.
  • “Recognizing the Thing Itself in Harry Mathews’s Cigarettes,” Contemporary Literature 54:3, Fall 2013.
  • On Anselm Berrigan, Notes from Irrelevance. Boston Review, 4 September 2013.
  • “America (Song of Pleasure)," Epiphany, Fall/Winter 2012/2013.


Contact Information
215 Decio Hall
(574) 631-6165

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556