Stefan Schöeberlein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa and works as a research assistant for the Walt Whitman Archive. Between semesters, he teaches classes on US American literature at TU Dortmund University in Germany, where he earned his M.Ed. in Special Education in 2013. Stefan’s current research focuses on the intersection of the natural sciences and literature in the long nineteenth century. Having published on Walt Whitman and Darwinian evolutionary theory, he is currently writing an environmental history of paper-milling in Massachusetts as fictionalized in a short story by Herman Melville.