Jacob Goessling is a Ph.D. student in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, with interests in 20th century American literature and culture, environmental criticism, labor, and cultural geography. In particular, his research focuses on culture produced during the decline of the coal industry—including literature, film, union journals, and traditional music from the Appalachian region —which make visible the relationship between communities and the energy economies in which they are embedded. Originally from Kentucky, Jacob holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English, both from the University of Louisville.