Corbin Hiday

University of Illinois – Chicago

Research Associate, Freshwater Lab

Corbin Hiday is a PhD student in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where is current research interests focus primarily on 19th century British literature and culture, particularly the Victorian novel, environmental and energy humanities, and Marxist theory. He earned his BA in English from the University of Oregon, and his MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.

Following from these interests, a focus on political ecology through the Victorian novel and literary figurations of resource extraction across the 19th century pushes beyond theoretical concerns into public and civic concerns as well. An eye toward public engagement in the humanities drives this coexisting line of research. Current relevant projects as a Research Assistant for Professor Rachel Havrelock include, “A Comparative Study of the Great Lakes and the Jordan Valley: Articulating Water Needs, the Right to Water, and Water Sovereignty in the Quest for Water Justice,” and early stage work on a “Digital Storytelling” project related to pipelines surrounding Lake Michigan, in addition to support for the “Untrouble the Waters” Summit (May 10-11, 2017) at UIC.