American Studies
American Studies

Coyote Shook

Doctoral Student
Coyote Shook



Disability studies, Environmental humanities, animal studies, speculative nonfiction, histories of eugenics, crip hauntology, literary studies, "Florida studies," sound studies and sonic landscapes, comics as research.


Coyote Shook is a cartoonist and PhD student in American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. They have an MS in English Education from Fordham University, an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in English Literature and a BA in Gender Studies from Mercer University. They are a Fulbright Scholar (Poland, 2014) and an alumnx of Teach For America (New York City, 2012). 

Their research is a comics-and-sound study of environmental history, disability, and eco-capitalism in Florida. More broadly, they're interested in eco-crip analysis and re-imagining images and sound as tools for environmental humanities research. Favorite previous projects have included a study of the Butter Cow and the Eugenics Movement at the 1911 Iowa State Fair, a comics/sound visual novel of New England ecologies and disability in the private writings of Anne Sexton, an analysis of disability and eco-horror in the works of Willa Cather and Laura Ingalls Wilder, a "crip gastronomy" analysis of the Foxfire Project, and an analysis of race, health, and foodways in the Home Economics movement in the Hawaii and Alaska Territories in the early 1900s. 

Their work has recently appeared in the Wisconsin Review (2017), North Carolina Folklore Journal (2019), The Baum Bugle: a Journal of Oz (2020), and on the National Humanities Center Education Network (2020). 

Outside of academia, they enjoy cartooning, sky-diving, taking depression naps, kayaking, archery, being a sanctimonious vegetarian, and cooking. They are also a sustainable farming and agriculture enthusiast and have won blue ribbons from the State Fair of Texas in home-cooking.

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