I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz in Germany. I received my PhD in English from Fordham University (NYC) for a dissertation titled “Subaqueous Poetics: Oceanic Depths in Modern and Contemporary Poetry” (2020). 

My research focuses on how poetry about the ocean and its inhabitants joins ecological and social justice through encounters with the human and more-than-human world. The large-scale effects of infrastructure byproducts like oil spills and toxic runoff are often a topic of consideration. 

Some of my recent work explores the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill and responses by Poets for Living Waters, considers sargassum seaweed as a model for conceptualizing the Black Atlantic, and shows how the film Night of the Living Dead refutes television news’s representations of African Americans.

Upcoming work deals with poets’ responses to ocean plastic, as well as how avant garde poets since Mallarmé have been inspired by ocean circulation. 

Feel free to email me at aaron.pinnix@uni-konstanz.de.