Megan Muthupandiyan


Assistant Professor
Office: Swenson Hall 3041


Meg Muthupandiyan is a poet, pilgrim, public humanities artist, poetry filmmaker, and illustrator. When not in the classroom, she can generally be found sauntering—journeying and journaling through cities, forests, mountain ranges, and other land communities on foot.  Her work, in all its forms, is born from a desire to de-objectify nature, to celebrate the realm of wilderness as a place of sensual and divine encounter.

Meg received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Philosophy from St. Norbert College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Marquette University.

Passionate about creating space for people to contemplate art, poetry, and the natural world, both in and beyond the classroom, Meg founded the Poetry in the Parks public humanities project ( in 2019.  The project explores the sacred beauty of our land communities through collaboratively created poetry films. Her collection of illustrated poetry, Forty Days in the Wilderness, Wandering (Finishing Line Press) was published in September 2021.

Meg’s areas of expertise include environmental phenomenology and poetics, 20th-century modernism, cosmopolitan poetics and the construction of self, composition theory and rhetoric.


  • 2008 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – English Literature, Marquette University
  • 2002 – Master of Arts (M.A.) – English and American Literature, Marquette University
  • 1998 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Creative Writing and Philosophy, St. Norbert College