Kent Linthicum

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office Location:
Skiles 321
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Dr. Kent Linthicum is Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on energy & environmental humanities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dr. Linthicum's current book project, tentatively titled "Crowning Coal: Slavery, Fossil Fuels, and Literature 1755–1865," examines the relationship between chattel slavery and coal-powered industrialization to show how these two violent energy regimes were reinforced through media. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the Studies in English Literature, European Romantic Review, and Nineteenth Century-Contexts. Public essays by Dr. Linthicum have been published in The Atlantic and Slate. He is the lead editor of TECHStyle and guest edited The 18th Century Common's “Anthropocene Cultures” collection. A more complete list of his works and presentations is available at At Georgia Tech he teaches classes that study environmental justice, energy humanities, multimodal communication, and literature.

  • PhD in English, Arizona State University
Areas of
  • 18th Century Literature
  • 19th Century Literature
  • Energy Humanities
  • Environmental Communication
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Fossil Fuel Cultures
  • History Of Science
  • Literature And Science
  • Multimodal Communication
  • The Anthropocene


Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • Digital Media
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Technology


  • ENGL-1101: English Composition I
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LMC-6215: Issues in Media Studies

Recent Publications

Internet Publications

  • 7 Brittain Fellows Reflect on Antiracist Pedagogy
    In: TECHStyle
    Date: December 2020

    In response to the protests for racial justice during the summer of 2020, we here at TECHStyle discussed steps we could take to promote antiracism and antiracist pedagogy in higher education. As we noted in our call for submissions from August,Black people have experienced systemic racism for as long as America has been an idea. Higher education has—despite efforts by some scholars—perpetuated the discrimination and dehumanization of Black people.” These six reflections on antiracist pedagogy, then, serve as examples of the work Brittain Fellows are undertaking to make higher education a more equitable and inclusive space. We share their insights here, hoping that they can inspire others.

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