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George Handley

Associate Director
Faculty Center Administrators

Office Location: 3770 C HBLL



PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
MA, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
BA, Comparative Literature, Stanford University,1989

Professional Activities:
George B. Handley has taught at BYU since 1998 where he is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities. He served as chair of the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature from 2012 - 2015 and served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities from 2015 - 2018. His current appointment is Associate Director of the Faculty Center at BYU and he has been elected as a Provo City Council Member for District 2.

He is an educator and author who has been civically engaged for many years. He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and his PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and he researches and writes about the intersection of religion, literature, and the environment.

Handley's works include Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River (2010), New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott (2007), Stewardship and Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment, Postslavery Literatures in the Americas (2005): Family Portraits in Black and White (2000), and American Fork (2017).

He and his wife Amy have four children and live in Provo, Utah.