Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield

Associate Professor

Fiction and creative nonfiction writing, sustainability studies

Andrew Wingfield's main interest as a writer and teacher is exploring the ways that people and places shape each other. He grew up east of Sacramento, California, in the bumpy transitional zone between the flat floor of the Central Valley and the steep slopes of the Sierra foothills. Like his 2005 novel, Hear Him Roar, much of his creative nonfiction deals with the human and environmental costs of the development that transformed this home landscape dramatically over the past several decades. His 2010 short story collection, Right of Way, won the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize. Wingfield has played a leading role in integrating sustainability into the George Mason curriculum and creating opportunities for students to use Mason's campus as a sustainability living laboratory. He was the founding director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA program and founding co-director of the Sustainability Studies Minor. He is currently serving as the Faculty Liaison for the Sustainability Living Learning Community.

Professional Affiliations

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Eduction

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Selected Publications


Right of Way (short stories). Washington Writers Publishing House, 2010.

Hear Him Roar (novel). Utah State University Press, 2005.

Recent Articles

Sklarew, Dann & Andrew Wingfield. "Up the Pyramid, Around the Loop: Action Research Cultivates Sustainability Scholars to Green the Campus." CUR Quarterly 35:1, Fall 2014.

Courses Taught

NCLC 103 - Human Creativity: Science and Art

NCLC 140 - Self as Citizen

NCLC 210 - Sustainable World

NCLC 211 - Introduction to Conservation Studies

NCLC 275 - Leadership for Sustainability (for Sustainability LLC residents)

NCLC 307 - Narratives of Nature

NCLC 308 - American Landscapes in Fiction, Film, and History

NCLC 401 - Applied Conservation Biology: Fundamentals for the 21st Century

NCLC 495 - Conserving Endangered Species: An Integrative Approach


M.F.A. Creative Writing, George Mason University

M.A. English literature, University of Chicago

B.A. English, Rutgers University