PhD Candidate in English Literature, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Brandon Jones is a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation focuses on the ambiguous relationship between ecology and utopia in late twentieth-century American fiction. He has education and teaching experience in physics and the mind sciences, and actively researches in related fields of cognitive literary studies, philosophy of mind, posthumanism, and science studies. He has published articles in the Journal of Consciousness Studies and O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies on ecology and consciousness in the works of Alfred North Whitehead, Karen Barad, and Richard Powers. His essay on Karen Barad’s concept of “mattering” is forthcoming in the Posthuman Glossary, a volume coedited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova.