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Welcome! My name is Kyle Keeler, and I am a PhD. Student in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy (ESSP) and English at the University of Oregon. The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya People, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
Originally from Northeast Ohio, I grew up on a former Dairy Farm. After coaching basketball and teaching High School English in Indiana, I completed my Master’s in English Literature at Kent State University in the Spring of 2018. Over the course of this time, I have studied a range of topics in English and the Environmental Humanities.
My work, as represented by my projects, seeks to historicize environmental catastrophe in American literature and note the effects that this literature has had on human and other-than-human relations since its publication. Further, I endeavor to upset human exceptionalism in favor of increased relationality and reciprocity between the human and other-than-human, which is an ongoing and important project in light of the Earth’s environmental crisis.
More information about my work, and my currently available essays, are available on my “Projects”page here.