David Lombard

David Lombard

David Lombard

David Lombard

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

– Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau 

David Lombard

PhD student, University of Liège / University of Leuven (joint degree)


I’m a research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) and a PhD candidate in literary studies at the ULiège and KU Leuven (joint degree), where I’m a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Poetics (CIPA), Intersections, and the Leuven English Literature Research Group.

I was also a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin (fall 2022) and the Ohio State University (spring 2023) in the United States.

Since 2018, I have been mainly working and publishing in the fields and areas of contemporary American literature and culture, life writing, theories of the sublime, Henry David Thoreau and American transcendentalism, the environmental humanities, rhetorical narrative theory, comparative literature, and the health humanities. I’m the author of the book Techno-Thoreau: Aesthetics, Ecology and the Capitalocene (Macerata: Quodlibet, 2019), which served as an extended pilot study for my broader PhD project titled “American Anthropocene Sublimes: Rhetorics and Narrations of Self and Environment in the Contemporary Ecobiographical Memoir” (2020-2024).

In addition, my essays and book reviews have been published in academic journals such as Épistémocritique, Miranda, the Journal of Arts and Media Studies, the Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory, Local Environment, The Trumpeter, and Acta fabula.

My editing work includes a co-edited (with Stefano Rozzoni) special issue on “The Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene” (Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental  Humanities, December 2021). In addition, I’m currently co-editing (with Alison Sperling and Pieter Vermeulen) a special focus section of Ecozon@ on “Anthropocene Sublimes,” which will be published in the spring of 2025, and I’m an associate editor for the U.S. studies academic association and research blog PopMeC.

Besides, I have teaching experience, having taught English and Spanish for a few months at Belgian high schools and then ESP (English for Specific Purposes) classes for three years at various faculties of the University of Liège (at the department of Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes). Although I am no longer a teacher but a researcher, I am occasionally invited to teach classes and to give lectures whose topics are closely related to my research project or to the fields of American studies and/or environmental humanities. 

Lastly, I am a singer-songwriter and musician. For my music output, please visit this website



Ph.D., Literary Studies, University of Liège and University of Leuven (joint degree), Belgium, October 2020–present. 

Advanced M.A., Modern Languages and Literatures: English and Spanish (upper secondary education teacher training degree), University of Liège, Belgium, 2017 (cum laude).  

M.A., Modern Languages and Literatures: English and Spanish (research focus with an emphasis on American Literature and Culture, and Ecocriticism), University of Liège, Belgium, 2016 (magna cum laude, grade for master’s thesis: 95%).  

B.A., Modern Languages and Literatures: English and Spanish, University of Liège, 2014 (cum laude). 



Research fellow (ASP – Aspirant) at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [FNRS]), Belgium, 2020–present.  

Lecturer/English instructor (Chargé d’enseignement en fonction principale en anglais and Maître de conférence), University of Liège (Department of ISLV – Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes), 2017–2020.  

English and Spanish teacher, Fédération Wallonie–Bruxelles, Belgium, 2017–2018. 

Teaching assistant, University of Liège (Department of Langues modernes : linguistique, littérature et traduction), Belgium, 2016–2017. 

Honors, Grants, Fellowships, and Awards 


2022–24 Research Fellow Fellowship renewal awarded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
2023 Herman Van Beneden Foundation Award
2023 Credit for brief stay abroad from the FNRS
2023 Subsidy for stay abroad or in Flanders from the University of Liège
2022 The 2022 Literary Encyclopedia Travel Award (First place)
2022 The District 2160 of Rotary International Grant
2022 Camille Hela Foundation Award 
Subsidy for stay abroad or in Flanders from the University of Liège
2020–22 Research Fellow Fellowship (ASP – Aspirant) awarded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
My book Techno–Thoreau was shortlisted for the ESSE Book Award (Category B – Junior Scholars)
Léon Guérin Award (Les Amis de l’Université de Liège) for best master’s dissertation in Anglophone literatures
2018  Two-year ASLE International Membership Grant 
2013 Erasmus Scholarship

“All cultures and peoples turn to poetry during times of celebration, transformation and challenge—those times when ordinary language cannot carry meaning beyond our understanding.”

― Joy Harjo