What do Shakespeare, ecocriticism and knighthood have in common?
The answer: Sir Jonathan Bate, Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University.
With a joint appointment between the School of Sustainability and the Department of English, Bate teaches a wide range of literature with a special focus on the role that literary and cultural studies play in thinking about the environmental crisis, climate crisis and issues of sustainability.
Bate studied at Cambridge University in England and Harvard University. He also worked at several other universities before bringing his passion for teaching to ASU.
“I think if one communicates the power of literature and the arts, one really enables young people to see the world in a better way, in a different way,” Bate said. “That indeed is something that prepares their skills of critical thinking, good argument, good articulation and good writing. It also prepares them for the workplace. I’m very committed to the practical value of what we do as teachers.”