Marcia Allison is a British semiotician and qualitative communication scholar. Her research interests intersect language and social phenomenon in STS, feminist and environmental communication throughout the U.S. and Europe. Under the advisement of G. Thomas Goodnight, Marcia’s dissertation examines the reformation of Europe after the Cold War through the lens of EU climate policies and the resulting biopolitical governance of people and land. Her case study focuses on the human-nature relations of the European Green Belt (EGB): the pan-European biodiversity project built out of the former Iron Curtain. She examines how nature and culture form a network of arguments towards both European climate mitigation strategies whilst cultivating a European public memory.
Marcia’s current other research includes the rhetoric of the British mitochondrial donation debate, U.S. climate refugees as radical Anthropocene adaption and feminist language planning. Previously, Marcia studied at the Elite Graduate Programme of Cognitive Semiotics at Aarhus University in Denmark; the Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics in Estonia; and received MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
Marcia is currently a 2017 Milton Wolf Emerging Scholar. At Annenberg she is a research fellow at the Earth Sciences Communicative Initiative and Things-China working group at the US-China Institute. As an intercultural and interdisciplinary scholar, the U.S. marks Marcia's fifth country for scholarly endeavour, and hopefully not her last.