Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Thomas Dai

American Studies


As a PhD student in the American Studies department who holds an undergraduate degree in biology, Thomas Dai's environmental research interests include ecocriticism, animal studies, and the many forms of literature and theory that blur the lines between "science" and the "humanities." Currently, Thomas is developing a dissertation project which investigates the metaphorical and material qualities of insects and their ecologies through the lens of literature and aesthetics, especially works by queer and non-white artists. He also frequently publishes creative writing that works with themes of environmental consciousness and the animal world.