Davy Knittle is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in English at Penn, where he teaches in the Urban Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies programs. He works at the intersection of the environmental humanities, queer and trans theory, and critical race theory. His dissertation, "Designs on the Future: Gender, Race, and Environment in the Transitional City," considers competing ideas of predatory and resistant speculation in plans for the future of New York, 1950 to the present. His critical work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Planning Perspectives. He is a 2020-2021 graduate fellow with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, a reviews editor for the poetics journal Jacket2, and he curates the City Planning Poetics talk and reading series at the Kelly Writers House.