American Studies
American Studies

Coyote Shook


Doctoral Student
Coyote Shook

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Disability studies, animal studies, state fair history, agro-futurism, eco-horror, crip hauntology, ghost studies and occultism, eugenics, agriculture science, necropolitics, tuberculosis, the rodeo, agro-capitalism.

Biography


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 and an alumnx of Teach For America. 

Their research focuses on intersections of disability, animal citizenship, and the role of agriculture and food in building American empire through building American "bodies" (both human and animal). Research papers have included topics such as the connections between the Butter Cow and the rise of competitive eugenics at the Iowa State Fair, rabbit breeding and agro-futurism in the Gilded Age, the American Rodeo industry and its interactions with political developments in the animal rights movement, goat breeding and the rise of white nationalism in the early 20th century, and the politics of efficient home economics on Progressive Era egg farms. 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. 

Outside of academia, they enjoying cartooning, 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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