Hello, I’m Jacob Goessling, and I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages and Associate Director of the Sustainability Living Learning Community at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.

A Plenary Conversation between Jennifer Wenzel and Stephanie LeMenager and moderated by myself. From the ASLE 2020 Virtual Conference Humanities On the Brink, organized by Jacob Goessling, Jordan Kinder and Bart Welling

I hold a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. My research examines how energy extraction and its wastes appear in contemporary culture. My dissertation, Appalachian Coal Culture and the Residue of Fossil Capital, 1968-Presentexamines representations of coal waste—slurry, ash, and acid mine drainage—in contemporary literature and visual art. By looking at the impact of deindustrialization and infrastructural decline in regions where fossil fuels are extracted and produced, my work asks how residual energy regimes remain materially and socially present after periods of dominance. 

I teach a range of subject areas in literary and cultural studies, including American literature since 1865, environmental literature and film, contemporary subcultures, the history of cultural studies, and critical theory.

I am a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, and the Cultural Studies Association. I am also a participant in the Petrocultures Research Group.

Originally from Kentucky, I hold a BA in Philosophy (2007) and an MA in English (2011) from the University of Louisville in addition to my doctorate in literary and cultural studies.

Please feel free to contact me at any time at jacob.goessling@gmail.com

You can download a full copy of my curriculum vitae here.