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Emily A. Roehl is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Arts from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she studied American literature, performance studies, and dance history. Her work focuses on contemporary representations of the oil industry, particularly photography, performance, museums, and festivals that address unconventional oil (hydraulic fracturing, oil sands, deep water drilling).
Emily is currently working on a dissertation that tracks representations of the contemporary oil industry from upstream to down in the material life of oil, from Alberta and North Dakota to Texas and Louisiana. She is also the co-founder of Mystery Spot Books, a Minneapolis-based artist book publisher that produces small-run artist books that explore geography and geology, cultural and physical.
The Pacific Tourist Redux.
Artists' book produced with Chad Rudder and published by Mystery Spot Books with a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. October 2011.
Artists' book produced with Chad Rutter and published by Hot Off The, an independent, pop-up publishing house, for an exhibition at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, July 31–August 22, 2010.
“Six Feet Wasted on the Not Yet Dead.”
Thesis project, a hypertext document on land use and funeral customs in the Great Plains from 1862 to the present, Mills College, May 2010.
“The Performance Art Alphabet.”
Digital archive of major figures in 20th century performance art history, created for Moira Roth’s History of Performance Art course, Mills College, Fall 2009.