Alexa Weik von Mossner

Membership:  2010/2011

Member Bio

Alexa Weik von Mossner was a Carson Fellow from June 2010 to June 2011. The following two years she was affiliated with the RCC and returned in 2013 for one year as an International Curatorial Fellow.
Alexa Weik von Mossner is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She worked for several years in the German film and television industry as a production manager and later scriptwriter before earning her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Her research focuses on American and postcolonial literature and film, looking especially at issues such as environmental justice, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental risk, and the affective dimensions of our engagement with cultural texts.
Her research project while a fellow at the RCC was entitled "Imagining Ecological Futures: Science, Risk and Citizenship in Narratives of Global Environmental Change." From 2011 to 2014 she curated the film series ''Green Visions,'' a cooperative project between the RCC, the Deutsches Museum, and the Münchner Volkshochschule.


  • Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2017.
  • “Touching the Senses: Environments and Technologies at the Movies.” In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, edited by Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann. New York and London: Routledge, 2016.
  • “Love in the Times of Ecocide: Eco-Trauma and Comic Relief in Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E.” In Eco-Trauma Cinema, edited by Anil Narine, 164–178. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Encountering the Sahara: Embodiment, Emotion, and Material Agency in Paul Bowles’s The Sheltering Sky.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20, no. 2 (2013): 219–238.
  • "Reframing Katrina: The Color of Disaster in Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke." In Coloring the Environmental Lens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema, New Media, and Just Sustainability, edited by Salma Monani, Belinda Chiu, and Carlo Arreglo. Special issue, Environmental Communication 2, no. 5 (2011): 146–165.
  • Publications