Kaitlin Moore

Position title: Director of Communications

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Email: ktmoore3@wisc.edu

Year Admitted: 2018


My research considers how the concept of cosmology, activated within diverse literary productions, from Indigenous ecopoetry to environmental video games, can illuminate the complex interplays between human cultures, ecology, and the broader cosmos. I draw upon cosmology to open the environmental humanities towards a new study of social configurations and ecological relations beyond the spatial and temporal scales of the human. My environmental humanities writing has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed journals and anthologies and has been recognized with awards from the Northeast Modern Language Association and the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. Beyond the classroom, I am an acclaimed amateur astrophotographer; my space photography has been featured by LiveScience, Space.com, and the Overture Center for the Arts, and is on permanent display at several laboratories across the University of Wisconsin.


Environmental humanities; Indigenous studies; ecopoetry; literatures of the Pacific and Oceania; science and literature; new media and game studies

Degree and Institution

PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison
MA, University of Wisconsin – Madison
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Poupou Huia Te Reo, Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Selected Publications

“Come Armageddon or high water:” Kānaka Maoli cosmologies in the ecopoetry of On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World).” Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics, edited by Julie Fiedorczuk, Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach, and Orchid Tierney (September 2023).

“You / say ancestors and I breathe, / bones:” Mushrooms, Mollusks, and “Making Kin” in Ngā Mātai Tuarangi o te Māori.” Transpositiones 1 no. 2 (2022).

“Queer Melancholia in the Post-Post-Apocalypse of NieR:Automata.” NiCHE. (7 June 2022). https://niche-canada.org/2022/06/07/queer-melancholia/.