Kassi Burnett

Kassi  Burnett

Kassi Burnett

Ph.D. Candidate / GTA


Hagerty Hall

M.A. The Ohio State University (German Literature and Intellectual History) 2016
B.A. The Ohio State University (German Studies) 2014



Professional Experience

2019 – 2020      Fulbright Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

2019 – Present  Sierra Club Fellow

2015 – Present  Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State University

Spring 2019       Global Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Fellow

Summer 2017    Resident Director of Study Abroad Program in Berlin, Lecturer at Ohio State University: Co-taught summer Berlin course with Prof. May Mergenthaler

Summer 2014    Summer Camp Counselor for the City of Dublin

2014 – 2015      Graduate Fellow at Ohio State University (University Fellow)

Courses Taught

2018 - Present          Self-Paced German (Instructor), Basic to intermediate language classes

Spring 2019              German 3300 (Apprentice), Forests, Rivers and Mountains in German Culture
                                  Environmental Humanities major course

2017 - 2019               German 2254 (Teaching Assistant), Grimms’ Fairy Tales and their Afterlives
                                  Undergraduate GE course

Summer 2018            German 6101 (Instructor), German for Reading Knowledge

2015 - 2018               German 1101-03 (Instructor), Basic to intermediate language classes

Summer 2017            German 2798 (Co-Instructor), Berlin, Then and Now
                                  German Cultural Studies, Education Abroad course

Research Interests

  • Ecocriticism (especially Ecofeminism and Material Ecocriticism)
  • Posthumanism, Animal & Plant Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies


  • “Multi-species Co-construction in Yoko Tawada’s Etüden im Schnee.“ Presentation at the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland. Co-emergence, Co-creation, Co-existence. September 2019
  • “Differently-Abled Natures: Ability and Agency.” Presentation at the Ohio State University. Environmentangled. February 2019
  • “Disabled Nature as Other.” Presentation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Welcome to the Otherhood. November 2018
  • Roundtable: Graduate Student Experiences. Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University. 48th Annual Graduate and Professional Student Recruitment Initiative. October 2018.
  • “Educating MA and PhD students in the face of current challenges in higher education.” Co-presentation with May Mergenthaler at the Ohio German Studies Workshop. October 2018
  • Roundtable: Graduate Student Language Instruction. Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Ohio State University. Annual Graduate Teaching Associate Workshop. August 2018
  • “Differently-Abled Natures in Frisch’s Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän” Presentation at the Transatlantic Summer Institute at the University of Minnesota. Transforming Environments in Europe and North America: Narratives, Histories, Cultures. June 2018.
  • „Lateral Movement in the Environmental Humanities: An Ecocritical Analysis of Yoko Tawada’s Etüden im Schnee and Monika Maron’s Stille Zeile Sechs.“ Presentation at Cornell University. Flanking Maneuvers: Das Laterale Denken. April 2018.
  • „Time, Place and the Elements in Max Frisch’s Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän.“ Presentation at the University of California, Berkeley’s Elemental Media.  March 2018.
  • „Memory, Time and Place in Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän: A Rhetorical Examination of the Aging and Memory Loss of Herr Geier, His Place in the Universe and His Story for Humanity.“ Presentation at The Ohio State University. Gatekeepers of Memory. February 2018.
  • „The Difficulties in Overcoming Dualism: A Critique of Val Plumwood’s Environmental Culture.“ Presentation at the University of Maryland. Breaking New Ground: Pluralistic Approaches to Global Ecocriticism. March 2017.

Academic Publications

“The Ableist Human: Rethinking Agency with Ability through Max Frisch’s Man in the Holocene.” Studies in the Humanities, Disability Studies and Ecocriticism: Critical and Creative Intersections, 2019 (forthcoming).

Other Publications

“House Bill 6 Bad for Ohioans, Environment.” The Columbus Dispatch. May 22, 2019.
“Quarry Trails in Development.” The Sierran, 2019, Spring edition: 4-5.
“Spring is almost here! Keep these 6 eco-friendly spring-cleaning ideas in mind.” The Sierran, 2019, Spring edition: 1.
“Alptraum.” Simplicissimus: The Harvard College Journal of Germanic Studies, Simplicissimus: The Fall ’14 German Issue, no. 4 (2014): 22–25.

University Service

            2018 – 2019              President of the Germanic Graduate Student Association
            2018 – 2019              Treasurer of the Germanic Graduate Student Association
            2017                           Departmental Outreach: Halloween Fairy Tales Reading
            2017 – 2018              Graduate Studies Committee Representative
            2015 – 2017              Vice President of the Germanic Graduate Student Association
            2015 – 2016              Scheduling Committee Graduate Representative
            2014 – 2016              Member of Kaffeestunde Committee
            2014 – 2015              Graduate Student Liaison to the Undergraduate Studies Committee

Experience Abroad

  • Munich, Germany             2019-2020
  • Bavaria, Germany            Su19
  • Berlin, Germany               Su17
  • Bavaria, Germany            Su15
  • Saxony, Germany             Su13
  • Bavaria, Germany            Su11