Kiley M Kost

I am PhD candidate in Germanic Studies spending this academic year (2017-18) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich with the support of a Fulbright research grant. There I am completing research for my dissertation “Telling Time in the Anthropocene: Geologic Narration in German Fiction since 1945.” In my dissertation I examine works of fiction from German, Austrian, and Swiss authors that narrate geologic processes of the deep past and explore what demands such geologic stories place on narrative strategies. My main interests include environmental humanities, ecocriticism, new materialism, contemporary German and Austrian literature, and critical theory. Exploring these areas has led to teaching and research opportunities at the University of Minnesota and the University of Graz, as well as to a new curiosity for mushrooms.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota, 2014.
  • B.A.: Germanic Studies, Global Studies, University of Minnesota, 2010.


  • Ecocriticism
  • The Anthropocene
  • Nature poetry
  • Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School
  • Austrian studies
Courses Taught
  • GER 3651: Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates (Teaching Assistant)
  • Ecocriticism and American Literature (TA, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
  • CLA1908W: Nature and Society in the Anthropocene (Co-instructor)
  • GER 1001 (Primary instructor)
  • GER 1002 (Primary instructor)
  • GER 1003 (Primary instructor)
  • GER 1004 (Primary instructor)
  • Kost, Kiley. “Material Ecocriticism and Peter Handke’s Versuch über den Pilznarren.” Of Rocks, Mushrooms and Animals: Material Ecocriticism in German-speaking Cultures. Edited by Cecilia Novero in collaboration with August Obermayer and Peter Barton, Dunedin, 2017.
  • Fulbright Grant for Research in Germany , 2017 - 2018
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (declined), 2017 - 2018
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Summer 2017
  • COGS Travel Grant, Summer 2017
  • Hella Lindemeyer Mears Fellowship, 2015 - 2016
  • Gerhard Weiss Fellowship in German Studies, Summer 2015
  • GSD Graduate Teaching Award, 2014 - 2015
  • Max Kade Fellowship, 2012 - 2013