Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield

Associate Professor

Fiction and 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. His 2005 novel, Hear Him Roar, dramatizes human-mountain lion interactions to assess the environmental and social costs of  suburban development in California. All of the stories in his award-winning 2010 collection, Right of Way, are set in one gentrifying urban neighborhood. He is currently collaborating with SIS colleague Dr. Michael Gilmore on nonfiction pieces that explore the rich and complex relationship members of the Maijuna indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon have with their ancestral rainforest landscape. As a teacher, Wingfield has played a leading role in integrating sustainability into the Mason curriculum and creating opportunities for students to use the campus as a sustainability laboratory. He created Mason's Sustainability Living Learning Community. He also helped design the Sustainability Studies Minor and the BA program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, which he directed for ten years.

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


Wingfield, A. 2010. Right of way: stories. Washington, D.C. Washington Writers Publishing House.

Wingfield, A. 2005. Hear him roar: a novel. Logan, UT. Utah State University Press.

Wingfield, A. and M.P. Gilmore. River of resistance: fighting for Indigenous rights and environmental justice in the Peruvian Amazon. Under contract with University of Georgia Press.

Recent Fiction & Nonfiction

Wingfield, A. and M.P. Gilmore. 2023. A sweet and potent harvest (nonfiction). Places.

Wingfield, A. 2022. The space between (lyric essay). Talking River Review 52.

Wingfield, A. 2022. The prophet Rhonda (short story). The Plentitudes. Winter.

Wingfield, A. and M.P. Gilmore. 2021. Along the Sucusari River (narrative nonfiction). Places.

Wingfield, A. and M.P. Gilmore. 2020. Three days of masato (narrative nonfiction). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 27(2): 406-415. DOI: 10.1093/isle/isz084

Wingfield, A. 2017. Back to Middle Earth (lyric essay). Carve Fall: 85-92.

Grants and Fellowships

River of Resistance: Fighting for Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice in the Peruvian Amazon. Center for Humanities Research Residential Fellowship. Spring 2024, George Mason University. 

Building Bridges and Capacity: An Innovative Model for US-Peruvian Educational Exchange. 2018. United States Department of State, $25,000 (Co-PI; Principal Investigator M.P. Gilmore).

Stories from the Forest: A Place-Based Biography of an Amazonian Indigenous Leader. 2018. College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University—Faculty Research and Development Award, $14,265 (Principal Investigator; Co-PI M.P. Gilmore).

Food Systems Leadership Institute. 2016. George Mason University—4-VA Innovation Grant, $20,000 (Principal Investigator).

Inventing a Sustainable Food Systems Curriculum at George Mason University. 2014. United States Department of Agriculture, $136,500 (Co-PI; Principal Investigator M.P. Gilmore).

Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition. 2014. George Mason University—4-VA Innovation Grant, $24,200 (Principal Investigator).

Courses Taught

INTS 210 - Sustainable World

INTS 211 - Introduction to Conservation Studies

INTS 292 - Leadership for Sustainability

INTS 375 - Sustainability Project Management

INTS 370 - Sustainable Food Systems

INTS 470 - Professional Pathways in Sustainable Food Systems

INTS 475 - Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

INTS 498 - Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the Amazon Rainforest

INTS 498 - Sustainable Solutions in the Developing World


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

M.A. English literature, University of Chicago

B.A. English, Rutgers University