Kelly Bushnell

Membership:  2019

Member Bio

Dr. Kelly Bushnell is an environmental humanities scholar specializing in oceanic literature, history, and culture. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego, an MA from Mills College, and a PhD from the University of London (Royal Holloway). She has taught at the University of London and the University of West Florida. Her research on oceanic poetics and ecofeminism has been published in the Oxford Bibliography of Victorian Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and multiple edited collections. She is an avid waterwoman and balances archival work with fieldwork as often as possible, including as humanities scholar-in-residence on the all-women Sedna Epic Expedition Team which dived and snorkeled in the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland in summer 2018. At the Rachel Carson Center she will work on Out Land with her writing partner, Inuit traditional knowledge keeper Johnny Issaluk. You can visit her online at


ᓄᓇᒥ / Out Land: An Arctic Life
Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Isumaqatigiingniq (Thinking Together) on Arctic Ice and in the Classroom


  • Looking at Leviathan: The First Captive Cetaceans in Britain.” In Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene in Nineteenth-Century Art and Visual Culture, edited by Maura Coughlin and Emily Gephart. New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • “A Whale is a Palimpsest: Dismembering and Remembering in Moby-Dick and Fighting the Whales.” In Memory and Commemoration, edited by Kathy Grenier and Amanda Mushal. 2019 (forthcoming)
  • Teaching Arctic Climate Change Humanities with the Sedna Epic Expedition.” Arctic Relations. May 2019.
  • “Keyword Oceans: The Blue Humanities in Victorian Studies.” Victorian Literature and Culture 46, no. 3 (2018): 788–791.
  • “Tennyson’s Kraken Under the Microscope and in the Aquarium.” In Underwater Worlds: Submerged Visions in Science and Culture, edited by Will Abberley, 52–71. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
  • The Oxford Bibliography of Victorian Maritime Literature.” Oxford Bibliography of Victorian Literature. Oxford: OUP, 2017.