Ronald Broglio

Ross-Blakley Hall Room 178
PO Box 871401
TEMPE Campus


Ron Broglio is the Director of Desert Humanities at Arizona State University and Co-Director of the Institute for Humanties Research at ASU as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria School of Art.

He is author of Beasts of Burden: Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life and Surface Encounters: thinking with animals and art among other books and edited collections including the recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. He collaborator and co-curator of Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories in which artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson examine the cultural life of endangered species in the Grand Canyon. He has performed as Field Marshal of the Animal Revolution and created a number of animal art interventions including Teat Tweet and Santio’s Gift. Currently, he is working on desert phenomenology experiments with the art/design group FoAM and is working on an artistic and theoretical treatise called Animal Revolution: Events to Come. And he is engaged in a number of long-term thinking-making experiments in the deserts of the American Southwest.


  • Ph.D. Romanticism and Literary Theory, University of Florida 1999
  • M.A. British Literature, Boston College 1993
  • Post B.A. World Religions, Loyola University of New Orleans 1991
  • B.A. English/Philosophy, St. Meinard College 1988


Field Marshal on endangered species in the Grand Canyon

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 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 345 Selected Authors or Issues
SLC 598 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 502 Contemporary Critical Theories
ARS 592 Research
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARS 592 Research
ENG 602 Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 504 Cross-Cultural Studies
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
ARS 592 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 494 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ARS 586 Theories of Contemporary Art
ENG 602 Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 494 Special Topics
ENG 504 Cross-Cultural Studies


Advisory Board, Romantic Circles. 2014-present.

Board member of Antennae journal. 2008-present.

Executive Committee Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities. Modern Language Association. 2017-2022.

President, Society for Literature, Science, and Art. 2016-18.

Board member of Art and Research journal. Glasgow School of Art. 2008-2016.