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, Modern Fiction Studies, ASAP/Journal, Energy Humanities, and KCET.


“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.…