Ryan Poll

Ryan Poll is an associate professor in the English Department at Northeastern Illinois University where his research focuses on the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and ecology. His first book, Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers UP), examines how the fictional small town is used to frame and stage normative US narratives throughout the 19th-, 20th- and into the 21st century. His second book, Aquaman and the War on Oceans: Comics Activism in the Anthropocene (U Nebraska Press) argues that Aquaman is an important figure of ecological justice whose long and storied history helps us chart how global capitalism is destroying the Global Ocean. Other publications include essays on Get Out, neoliberalism, and the theater of genocide. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPoll2 and feel free to contact him via e-mail: [email protected]