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Kiley Kost

Lecturer in German, German and Russian

Education & Professional History

University of Minnesota, BA, MA, PhD

I received my PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2019. My research interests include environmental humanities, ecocriticism, critical theory and German-language literature. In particular, I explore geologic time scales in fiction and how stories of the deep past are told. I love teaching courses in German and English at all levels and I especially enjoy creating new classes that integrate exciting theoretical approaches with careful analysis of literature and other media. Together with several colleagues, I co-created the online resource hub Environment and Engagement in German Studies.

I have studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and at the Universität Graz. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I spent two years teaching English in Austria as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant. In 2017-2018 I held a Fulbright research grant at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the LMU in Munich.

Are you interested in study abroad? Check out the OCS program in Vienna in Spring 2024 and contact me with questions.

At Carleton since 2019.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Faculty Director German OCS Program
German Student Worker Coordinator
German Language Associate Coordinator

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    GERM 101: Elementary German
    GERM 267: Catastrophe! Natural Disaster in German Literature
  • Winter 2024
    GERM 102: Elementary German
  • Spring 2024
    GERM 261: German Studies in Austria Program: Vienna Past and Present: The City as Text
    GERM 262: German Studies in Austria Program: Cultural History of Food and Drink in Vienna
    GERM 263: German Studies in Austria Program: Austrian Art and Architecture
    GERM 322: German Studies in Austria Program: Contemporary Austrian Literature and Cultural Production
  • Fall 2024
    GERM 204: Intermediate German
  • Winter 2025
    GERM 102: Elementary German
    GERM 240: Half-Lives: Science, Protest, and Nuclear Power in Germany