In both his teaching and research, Thomas Doran focuses on the literatures of the early Americas, the history of science and ecology, animal studies, the visual-literary arts (especially natural history and comics), transnational and multiethnic American Studies and the cultural intersections of environmental justice and animal rights. His courses often incorporate hands-on projects (digital or analogue) that encourage students to expand their conceptual, material and historical understanding of the literary arts.
Doran’s current book project explores how emerging methods of studying animal behavior in early America—practiced by Native Americans and Euro-colonial naturalists—influenced animal protectionist rhetoric before the 19th-century humane movement. He also writes fiction and poetry. His academic and creative writing have appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (forthcoming), the Journal of Florida Studies, the Journal of Ecocriticism, Fence and Volt.