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Ursula K. Heise, PhD

Title: Professor of English
Company: University of California Los Angeles
Location: Venice, California, United States

Ursula K. Heise, PhD, Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English education.

Since 2012, Dr. Heise has shared her knowledge as a professor in the Department of English at the University of California Los Angeles. She has additionally been affiliate faculty at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability since 2012. During her tenure at UCLA, Dr. Heise has also served as the Marcia H. Howard Term Chair in Literary Studies. Her areas of expertise include contemporary literature, environmental culture in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan, narrative theory, media theory, literature and science, and science fiction.

Dr. Heise prepared for her career at the University of Cologne in Germany, where she earned bachelor’s equivalent degrees in romance philology and English philology in 1981 and 1982, respectively. In 1985, she graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, with a Master of Arts in English, and in 1987, she earned an additional Master of Arts in romance philology from the University of Cologne. Dr. Heise concluded her higher education at Stanford University, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in English in 1993.

Prior to her tenure at UCLA, Dr. Heise was a professor in the Department of English at Stanford University from 2009 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009, she was an associate professor at the institution. From 1993 to 2004, she served Columbia University as an assistant and associate professor of English and comparative literature.

Alongside her professorships, Dr. Heise was a guest lecturer at Harvard University in 2022. In 2016, she co-founded the Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA, and since 2021, she has been the interim director of the lab. In recognition of her professional success, Dr. Heise was a finalist for the Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association in 1998. To keep abreast of developments in her field, she was the president of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in 2011 and maintains membership with the American Comparative Literature Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the American Studies Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Modernist Studies Association and the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.

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