Lee Olsen focuses on post-1900 American non-fiction, ethics, ecology, ecocriticism and posthuman theory. His current work explores multiethnic, multigenre writers of the American West. He earned an MFA in non-fiction writing from Western Washington University, where he studied life writing and ecocriticism, and a Bachelor's in literary studies from Utah State University, where he focused on American modernism and nature writing. Between those degrees, Olsen worked at USU Press and a research university in Thailand. Aside from scholarly pursuits, he enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing and open-water swimming.