Saskia Cornes Appointed Assistant Professor of the Practice

Saskia CornesThe Franklin Humanities Institute is proud to announce the appointment of Duke Campus Farm Program Manager Saskia Cornes as Assistant Professor of the Practice (half time). Cornes holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on the emerging concept of land-as-property in 17th century English literature. She also holds an advanced certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cornes’ appointment reflects a commitment of the Provost to provide support for interdisciplinary efforts that can promote innovation in research and education. Her practical knowledge of agricultural production, coupled with her studies in the discourse of land and its stewardship, makes fertile ground for interdisciplinary research and pedagogy. Using the Duke Campus Farm as a site of intellectual inquiry, Cornes creates innovative experiential learning opportunities in the humanities for Duke students, and collaborates with faculty in disciplines from microbiology to Romance Studies. She is one of a growing cohort of faculty members from diverse disciplines in an environmental arts and humanities initiative at Duke. This initiative has led to a new course, “The Environment in Literature, Law and Science” which will be taught by Cornes, Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English, and Daniel Richter, Nicholas School of the Environment Professor of Soils and Ecology, this fall.