English faculty

Ann E. Lundberg, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
BA (English), BSc (geology), University of Wyoming



Dr. Lundberg teaches American literature through the Civil War, Native American literature, and rhetorical studies. Her research examines the literary representation of geology in 19th-century America. More generally, she is interested in how scientific and descriptive writing about the American West contribute to a rhetoric of national identity.

Dr. Lundberg is currently working on a book-length study of the writings of 19th-century geologists. She is also interested in environmental literature, nature writing and ecocriticism, and has presented at conferences for Western American Literature and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Since 1993, she has worked as a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service, in which capacity she continues to teach and write about geology.

Dr. Lundberg was on sabbatical during the 2013-14 academic year, focusing on her interests in Thoreau and geology. She also taught environmental literature at the Creation Care Institute in New Zealand.



    • “Casa Grande, the Ruin of Expectations” Western American Literature 42.3 Fall 2007: 222-52.
    • “‘The Ruins of a Bygone Geologic Empire’: Clarence King and the Place of the Primitive in the Evolution of American Identity.” ATQ Special Issue: Adventure and Exploration. New Series 18.3 (Sept. 2004): 179-203.
    • "Yosemite's Castaway Book: John Muir and the Troubling Geology of Native America." Western American Literature 36.1 (Spring 2001): 25-55.
    • “Exploring the Linguistic Wilderness of The Maine Woods.” Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment. Ed. Michael P. Branch, Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson, and Scott Slovic. U of Idaho P, 1998. 194-210.
    • “Towards a Thesis-based Interpretation” Legacy: The Magazine for the National Association for Interpretation 8.2 (March/April 1997): 14-17.

    Professional experience

    • Seasonal Interpretive Ranger, National Park Service at Natural Bridges National Monument, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Hovenweep National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and most recently at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Notre Dame


    • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
    • Western American Literature Association,
    • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association,
    • Orange City Fire Department Volunteer


    • 2013-2014 Sabbatical, Northwestern College. 

      2006-07 John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Fellowship Award, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University for the research project: “Uplift and Erosion: The geological origins of 19th-century American landscape, culture, and identity.”   University of Wyoming American Heritage Center travel grant “Uplift and Erosion: The geological origins of 19th-century American landscape, culture, and identity.”Sabbatical, Northwestern College. 

      2004  Summer Scholarship Award, Northwestern College, to write “Casa Grande, the Ruin of Our Expectations”