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Ronald Broglio

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302

Working in areas of animal studies and culture, British Romanticism, and contiential philosophy. 

Senior Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability

Affiliation with Arts, Media, and Engineering

Research Interests

Ron Broglio's research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. His work Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art (University of Minnesota Press 2011) develops a language for animal studies through examination of contemporary art and phenomenology. His books Beasts of Bruden: Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life in British Romanticism (SUNY 2017) and Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments 1750-1830 (Bucknell 2008)  develop the phenomenological engagement between bodies and technology in the British landscape aesthetic.  Current projects include votive candles for endangered species and a manifesto on the animal revolution.

For more details, see



Beasts of Burden: Biopolotics, Labor, and Animal Life in British Romanticism. State University of New York Press, 2017

Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Awarded the ASU Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Book Award 2013

Technologies of the Picturesque. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2008.

Co-Editor. Edingurgh Comapnion to Animal Studies, 2018.

Co-Editor. You Must Carry Me Now: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species. Forlaget 284 Publishers, October 2015. This is an artist book Trout Fishing in American and Other Stories with a collection of essays from the exhibition symposium. 264 pages.

Editor with Fredrick Young. Being Human: Between Animals and Technology.  New York: Routledge, 2015.

a few Recent Articles

“Animality.” Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. Eds, Lynn Turner, Ron Broglio, and Undine Sellbach. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Winter 2017.

“Romanticism” Cambridge Companion to Literature and Posthumanism. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Fall 2016.

“Sheeps, Fairies, and Hogg: Biopolitics of the Ettrick Shepherd.” Essays in Romanticism. 21.2 (2014): 125-140.

“When animals and technology are beyond human grasping.” Special issue We have Never Been Human: From Techne to Animality for Angelaki 18:1 (Spring 2013): 1-9.

“Docile Numbers and Stubborn Bodies: Population and the Problem of Multitude” Special Issue “Numbering” for Romantic Circles Praxis (Spring 2013).

“Abandonment: Giving Voice in the Desert.” Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary (Spring 2013). 


Research Activity
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 504Cross-Cultural Studies
SOS 590Reading and Conference
ARS 592Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 494Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ARS 586Theories of Contemporary Art
ENG 602Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 494Special Topics
ENG 504Cross-Cultural Studies
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 535Study 18/19th Cent Britsh Lit
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 425Studies in Romanticism
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 494Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 425Studies in Romanticism

Advisory Board, Romantic Circles. 2014-present.

Vice President, Society for Literature, Science, and Art. 2012-present.

Board member of Art and Research journal. Glasgow School of Art. 2008-present.

Board member of Antennae journal. 2008-present.

Publications Committee Configurations. 2010-2012.

Book Review Editor Configurations. 2005-2010.

Associate Editor Romantic Circles. 2000-2009.