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Jeff Bilbro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Sayre-Decan Hall 205B
517.750.6485
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Bio

Jeff Bilbro is originally from Washington (the state, not the city), but he’s enjoyed acclimating to Michigan’s more extreme seasons and figuring out what plants will grow in his garden. His research interests focus on theology and environmental ethics in American literature, and he’s written several books, including Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature, Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place (co-written with Jack Baker) and Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry’s Sustainable Forms. He writes on a wide range of topics—including food, baseball, Tolkien, beauty, poetry in an iPhone culture, and dirt—and he serves as the editor-in-chief of the Front Porch Republic. For more information, see his website or follow him on Twitter.

Education

  • Ph.D.: (English Language and Literature) Baylor University, 2012
  • B.A.: (Writing/Literature) George Fox University, 2007

Publications

Books
Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature
Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place
Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry’s Sustainable Forms.