Phillip Barron

Post-Doctoral Fellow

John R. Howard Hall 229, MSC: 45
Office Hours:

Spring 2024: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 12:00-1:00. 

“I have overlapping interests in poetry and philosophy. As a poet, I am an experimentalist, taking inspiration from modern and postmodern poets who play with new forms. Mostly, I write about environmental and philosophical problems. As a philosopher, my research focuses on the embodied social experience and the ways that selfhood is bound up in the selfhood of others as well as the environment in which we find ourselves. Both of these interests inform the way I teach poetry. Together, we will read some great works of ecopoetry and figure out how and why it challenges us to think about who we are and our relationship to the natural world. We will start by learning to appreciate the choices poets make, and to identify and evaluate the technical accomplishments in their poems. And, as a creative writing class, we will learn how to incorporate the techniques we admire into our own writing process.”

Academic Credentials

PhD 2022 in Philosophy, University of Connecticut
MFA 2016 in Poetry, San Francisco State University
MA 2003 in Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA 2000 University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Fall 2023:

ENG 201 Poetry 1



What Comes from a Thing: poems. Fourteen Hills Press, 2015. Winner of the 2019 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award for philosophical literature and the 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award.


Professional Experience

Previously, I have taught philosophy courses at the University of Connecticut, California State University at Sacramento, Woodland Community College, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also worked in the digital humanities at the National Humanities Center, an institute for advanced study in North Carolina, and taught digital humanities courses at the University of California, Davis.