Jennifer Schell received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the English Department’s Critical and Cultural Studies Program. Her specialties include American literature, Arctic writing, animal studies, and environmental humanities. Her book entitled, "A Bold and Hardy Race of Men": The Lives and Literature of American Whalemen was published in August of 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press. She recently completed a series of articles on the ecogothic. Highlight include, ““Ecogothic Extinction Fiction: The Extermination of the Alaskan Mammoth” and “Polluting and Perverting Nature: The Vengeful Animals of Frogs.” She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Ghost Species: North American Extinction Writing and the Ecogothic, 1820-2017.