My name is James Goebel and I am a PhD student in the department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. I work on 20th century Anglo-, Hispano-, and Native-American literatures of the North American southwest deserts; the fields of critical environmental studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and new materialism; and the history of biology.

I also helped to found the EcoMaterialisms Collective at UC Irvine during the 2014-15 academic year; and the inter-UC EcoMaterialisms Collective for the 2015-16 academic year.