American Studies
American Studies

Coyote Shook

Doctoral Student



Disability studies, ghost studies and occultism, crip hauntology, dark tourism, death and dying in American culture, necropolitics, history of tuberculosis in the American West, Marxist and labor theory.


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. 

Their research focuses on intersections of disability, occultism, and settler colonialism in the American West. Specifically, they are interested in tuberculosis hospitals that have become ghost tourism sites in the present day. Previous research includes disability in American Spiritualism, implications of labor and amputation in the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888, and intersections of class and disability in American faith-healing culture. They are also especially interested in creating research in graphic novel format. 

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