Donald Strauss, MFA

Founding Chair
MA in Urban Sustainability
Core Faculty
(310) 578-1080 ext. 289

PhD in Environmental Studies Candidate, Antioch University New England
MFA in Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
BA in Liberal Studies, Antioch University Los Angeles

After several years teaching Academic and Creative Writing, Donald Strauss entered the PhD Program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. The general focus of his doctoral work is on the narratives of individuals and groups in urban communities and their relationships to the natural, social and political ecosystems with which they interact.  In his current research, he is examining the phenomenon of urban alternative bike culture in Los Angeles as an emergent property of an urban ecosystem.

In January of 2007, Donald was selected to attend a training program conducted by The Climate Project, and The Honorable Albert Gore. During the eighteen months that followed the training, he presented a lecture titled Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions, based on the material included in the Academy Award winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth.  With the ongoing assistance of the staff at The Climate Project, Donald has continuously updated the presentation so that in its current form it reflects the most current state of scientific knowledge and social discourse pertaining to global environmental change.

He has recently collaborated with colleagues on the development of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Sustainability.  The program has been approved by all University authorities up through the University Board of Governors. In October of 2009 the program was approved by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  In February of 2010 the program received its final approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.  In March of 2010, Donald accepted the position of Interim Chair and Core Faculty in the Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability Program.  In addition, he is writing his dissertation for the PhD in Environmental Studies Program at Antioch University New England.  The narrative dissertation will consist of three large essays that describe what he sees as the three most significant aspects of alternative urban bike culture in Los Angeles.

Prior to assuming his new role of Interim Chair of the Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability Program, Donald was a member of the Core Faculty in the Antioch University Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program where he directed the Creative Writing Major Area of Concentration.  He has been teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles since 1998.

Donald’s main teaching interests lie in Environmental History of Los Angeles, The Literature of Metro Ecology, Urban Sustainability, Literature of the Land,  and The Emerging Urban Bike Culture.

  • Urban bike culture in Los Angeles
  • Urban ecosystems
  • Global environmental change narratives
  • Environmental History of Los Angeles (HIS/SCI 336)
  • Urban Nature Writing  (ENG 346)
  • Literature of the Land  (LIT/ENV 312)
  • Mixed Genre Creative Writing  (ENG 490)
  • Educational Foundations (EDU 380)
  • Urban Ecology  (SCI/URB 311)
  • Wetlands Ecology Workshop  (ENV 390A)
  • L.A. River Workshop  (ENV 390D)
  • Urban Fire Ecology Workshop  (ENV 390C)
  • Urban Wilderness Conservation Workshop  (ENV 390B)
  • Two Hawks Quarterly Online Literary Journal Internship  (ENG/COM 353)
  • Visions and Practices of Urban Sustainability (currently being designed)