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), the novel War Porn (Soho Press, 2016), and the essay collection We're Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change (Soho Press, 2018). In addition, Roy co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013) and What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future (Unnamed Press, 2017). His short story "Homecoming" appeared in the anthology Baghdad Noir (Akashic Books, 2018), and his essays, journalism, fiction, interviews, and reviews have appeared widely, including in Texte zur Kunst, Frieze, the New York TimesThe NationPrairie Schooner, and Rolling Stone. 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 won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016), and won a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2017). Roy has two books forthcoming next year, Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature (University of Chicago Press), a monograph on World War II, American literature, and the politics of trauma, and I Heart Oklahoma! (Soho Press), an apocalyptic genderqueer post-truth musical romp through the deathscape of the American Dream. His next project is an autofiction about a CIA plot to infiltrate the transcendental realm of potential literature.


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
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556