shouhei tanaka

Shouhei Tanaka

PhD Candidate


Shouhei Tanaka is a PhD candidate in the English Department, whose work focuses on 20th/21st-century literature, culture, and the environmental humanities. He is a graduate student coordinator for UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) and a co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Research Group (EHRG). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in PMLA, ASAP/Journal, American Literature, Modernity/modernism, Modern Fiction StudiesEnergy Humanities, and KCET.


“Black Feminist Geohaptics and the Broken Earth,” American Literature (forthcoming).

Ulysses’s Ecological Epic,” Modernism/modernity (forthcoming).

“Ecological Network Aesthetics and the Wood Wide Web,” ASAP/Journal 7.1, 2022.

“Fossil Fuel Fiction and the Geologies of Race,” PMLA 137.1, 2022.

“The Great Arrangement: Planetary Petrofiction and Novel Futures.” Modern Fiction Studies, 66.1, 2020.


la 2050

LA 2050

A team of LENS-affiliated faculty and graduate students at UCLA has begun work on a creative film project that explores possible eco-futures for Los Angeles. Led by Professors Ursula K.…