Jenna Gersie is a PhD student in English specializing in American environmental literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Her research analyzes log homes in American literature from new materialist, bioregional, and ecocritical perspectives. Jenna has a BA in environmental studies from Skidmore College, where she completed a field guide to the birds of North American environmental literature for her honors thesis, and an MS in environmental studies from Green Mountain College, where her thesis explored homesickness and connections to place in novels by Hermann Hesse. Jenna has participated in the Wildbranch Writing Workshop, the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, and the Environmental Literature Institute, and she completed a fiction writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She is Graduate Student Liaison for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, managing editor of The Hopper, and copyeditor for The Goose. During the summers, Jenna leads high school trips abroad for National Geographic Student Expeditions.