Brianna Burke


Office:235 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I Teach

AmIn/Engl 240: Introduction to American Indian Literature
Engl 260: Introduction to Literary Studies
AmIn/Engl 346: American Indian Literature
Engl 355: Literature and the Environment
Engl 441 or 445: English Senior Seminar
Engl 534: American Literature 1865 to the Present
Engl 543: The Study of Environmental Literature


Ph.D. and M.A. Tufts University • Literature
B.A. Saint Michael’s College • English and History

Research Areas

Environmental Justice, Climate Change and Literature, American Indian Literature, Ecocriticism, Critical Animal Studies, Race and 20th Century American Literature

Recent Publications

Becoming Beast: The Humanimal in Climate Justice Literatures . (In Process.)

Indian Summer: Growing Up in the American Indian Hobbyist Movement. (In Process.)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
“‘Reaping’ Environmental Justice through Compassion in The Hunger Games.Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. Forthcoming in Spring 2014. PDF

“Teaching Environmental Justice Through The Hunger Games.” The ALAN Review. Fall, 2013. PDF

Before ISU: “The Great American Love Affair: Indians in the Twilight Saga.” Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Giselle Anatol, ed. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. PDF

“Challenging Heteronormativity: Fostering LGBTQ Awareness in a High School English Language Arts Classroom.” Co-authored with Kristina Greenfield. The English Journal 105.6 (2016): 46-51. PDF

Outside of the University

I love to hike and camp and swim (especially in New England) with my family and my dog.