Eva-Maria Müller

Department of American Studies
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

Humanities building, 5th floor, room 40527

Phone:  +43 512 507-41618
E-Mail:  Eva-Maria.Mueller@uibk.ac.at

Office hour: by appointment


Eva-Maria Müller is an English and American studies scholar. Her primary research areas are ecocriticism, environmental humanities, postcolonial theory and interdisciplinary mountain studies, with a particular emphasis on North American, British, German, and Austrian representations of the Rockies and Alps. In her research she is generally interested in the relationship between representation and power. Other interests include transnational American studies, climate fiction, sport and literature, and the teacher figure in postcolonial writing.


Eva received her PhD from the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the University of Gießen, Germany, with a dissertation on Orientalist discourse in mountain tourism and travel writing. Her thesis Rewriting Alpine Orientalism was honored with the University of Gießen’s Stolzenberg Award and the University of Innsbruck’s Canada Prize. She was trained at the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Australian National University, and the University of Alberta and holds an MA from the University of Innsbruck, where she studied English, biology, and education. At present Eva is working on a project that explores narratives of descent in American mountain literature and film. She also serves as academic advisor for two cultural festivals in the Alps.

Curriculum Vitae


since 2020:   postdoctoral researcher in the FWF-funded project “Delocating Mountains, Department of American Studies,
                       University of Innsbruck

2019-2020:   doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck

2013-2019:   doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of English, University of Gießen, Germany

2012-2013:   researcher at the Wirth Institute, University of Alberta, Canada


2020:             PhD in English/ American Studies, University of Gießen, Germany (Mellon-funded IGHERT consortium: University
                       of California Santa Cruz, University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Australian National University)
2011:             Master degree in English/ American Studies and Biological Sciences, University of Innsbruck

Research and teaching interests

  • North American literatures and cultures
  • Interdisciplinary mountain studies
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Sport and literature
  • Travel and tourism in literature
  • Ecocriticism


    •  “Sporting Mountain Voices: Alpinism and (neo)colonial discourse in Thomas Wharton’s Icefields and Angie Abdou’s The Canterbury Trail.” In Not Hockey: Critical Essays on Canada’s Other Sport Literature. Eds. Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp. Athabasca University Press, 2023: 83—101.

      “’Climbing it with your mind’: An interview with Thomas Wharton.” In Not Hockey: Critical Essays on Canada’s Other Sport Literature. Eds. Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp. Athabasca University Press, 2023: 101—106. 

    • “Cinematic Cultures of Descent.” In Mountain Cinema. Eds. Cornelia Klecker and Christian Quendler. New Review of Film and Television Studies. Routledge, 2023. [access article here]

    • [invited] “Geschichten vom Gipfellosen und deren Fragen an die alpine Zukunft.“ Syntopia Alpina. Fall 2022. [access article here]
    • Mediating Mountains. Special issue of Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies. vol. 2, no. 2, 2022, edited with Christian Quendler. [access issue here]

    • Review of “Caroline Schaumann, Peak Pursuits: The Emergence of Mountaineering in the Nineteenth Century.” Mediating Mountains, special issue of Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies. vol. 2, no. 2, 2022: 269–72. [access review here]

    • “Alpenreich / Alpine Riches: Writing Back Mountain Stories.” Uncommon Wealths in Postcolonial Fiction. Eds. Helga Ramsey-Kurz and Melissa Kennedy. Leiden and Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2018. 249–68.  

    •  Review of “Johann Georg Lughofer, Hrsg. Das Erscheinen der Berge [Writing Mountains]: Die Alpen in der deutschsprachigen Literatur.” Journal for Austrian Studies. vol. 49, no. 1–2, 2016: 133–36.
    •  “Zählen und Erzählen: Eine Tagung zu numerischen Ansätzen in den Geisteswissenschaften.“  Kult_online. vol. 44, 2015, with Ingo Berensmeyer.

    •  “Teaching the Empire: Lessons about (In)Dependence.” Post-Empire Imaginaries?
      Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires
      . Eds. Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter. Leiden and Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2015. 101–26.

Current Courses

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