LOWELL WYSE is a scholar of modern American literature and the environment with special interests in place, travel, urban forestry, and environmental justice. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in English from Wichita State University, with experience as a full instructor at both institutions.

From 2017–2021, he taught courses in writing, literature, and environmental humanities for Broward College (Florida) as a full-time professor at the Center for Global Education in Lima, Peru.

The author of Ecospatiality: A Place-Based Approach to American Literature (U Iowa P, 2021), Wyse also serves as Book Review Editor of the Steinbeck Review.

Originally from the Maumee Watershed in Southern Michigan, Lowell now makes his home in Washington’s Puyallup Watershed, where he works as Assistant Director for the Tacoma Tree Foundation.  


Ph.D. in English, Loyola University Chicago

M.A. in English, Wichita State University

B.A. in English, Bluffton University

A.A.A.S., Hesston College

Selected Experience

Assistant Director @ Tacoma Tree Foundation Tacoma, Washington (2021–present)

English Professor for Broward College @ the Center for Global Education Lima, Peru (2017–2021)

Sustainability Assistant @ City of Tacoma Tacoma, Washington (2014–2015)

English Instructor @ Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois (2010–2014)

Publications (click to see all)

Selected Community

  • Board Member: Tacoma Tree Foundation (2020–2021)
  • Founder: Tacoma Needs Trees (2016–2021)
  • Commissioner: Sustainable Tacoma Commission (2016–2017)
  • Tutor: Loyola Community Literacy Center (2011–2012)
  • Director: Prison Arts Program (2009–2010)