Daniel J. Philippon is an associate professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, where he teaches courses in the environmental humanities, literary nonfiction writing, and sustainability studies. His research interests concern American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. He is the author of Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement (2004), the co-editor of Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice (2006), and the editor of Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places (2009), among other books.
A Past President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Philippon has also been a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and a Visiting Professor at the École normale supérieure de Lyon in France. He is currently serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English and working on a project examining the discourses of the sustainable food movement. In 2016-17 he received the Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.