Joel Gabriel Kempff

Joel Kempff



University of Montana, B.A. (Double Major in English Literature & Creative Writing)


Joel Gabriel Kempff is a PhD candidate in the University of Notre Dame’s English Department. His work explores American and European literature since the 19th century for themes of identity, dynamism, interconnectivity, cognition, and complex systems.  Joel focuses closely on texts regarding science, nature, technology, sociology and psychology. 


Joel is the recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s Dean’s Fellowship, 2017. 

Recent Scholarly Activity


“Impact: Reading De Rerum Natura in the Rain,” The Oval: Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 31 (2015): 89. — Available at:

“Velociraptors at Midnight,” The Oval: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 20 (2014): 34 - 45. — Available at: