Garth Sabo is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, where he also serves as the faculty mentor for the Innovative Online Pedagogy and Curriculum Program and as the interim Assistant Director of IAH for the 2023-24 academic year. He holds degrees in contemporary literature from John Carroll University (B.A.), Kent State University (M.A.), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). His research exploring waste, filth, trash, excrement, and the human microbiome in contemporary literature has appeared in journals including Arizona Quarterly, Midwestern Miscellany, and CR: The New Centennial Review, as well as in the edited collections The Tacky South, Michigan Salvage, and The New Urban Gothic.
Dr. Sabo teaches a wide array of courses focusing on intersections between culture and ecology, including climate fiction, the literature of extinction, Midwestern art and literature, the infrastructural humanities, and pandemic fiction. He has received several grants and recognitions for teaching integrative arts and humanities at Michigan State, including an Engaged Pedagogy Grant, a Digital Humanities Seed Grant, the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, the Service to IAH Award, and the IAH Award for Excellence in the Mentorship of Graduate Assistants. He has previously served as a Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center Fellow, an Adams Academy Fellow, and a Faculty Accessibility Fellow, and as a member of the 2023-24 Lilly Fellows cohort, he looks forward to developing open-access curricular materials to support humanistic methods and habits of wonder as they relate to issues of nature, race, and access to green spaces within and beyond the university.