After receiving her PhD in comparative literature from Harvard, Yota taught at the University of Cambridge before joining Dumbarton Oaks. She leads the Plant Humanities Initiative, a Mellon-funded project to advance the emerging field of plant humanities through a digital site—the Plant Humanities Lab—developed in collaboration with JSTOR Labs, and scholarly programming. Her research explores the cultural histories of plants in the modern period to illuminate legacies of migration, colonialism, and environmental harm, but also resilience. Yota has co-edited three volumes, more recently *The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century *(Dumbarton Oaks, 2016). Her other main interest are innovative collaborative pedagogies that bring humanists into dialogue with other disciplines.