curriculum vitae

I am a scholar of comparative literature with a particular interest in Northern Europe. I studied German, Comparative Literature, and Nordic Philology at the University of Cambridge and Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, completing my doctorate in Munich in 2016 whilst working as senior editor at the Rachel Carson Center. My first book, The Shifting Sands of the North Sea Lowlands: Literary and Historical Imaginaries was published by Routledge in 2019.

Katie Ritson

2016: Dr. phil., Institute for Nordic Philology, LMU Munich
Dissertation “Shifting Sands: The North Sea Lowlands in the Literary Imagination of the Anthropocene” supervised by Professor Annegret Heitmann and Professor Christof Mauch.

2014: Visiting doctoral student at the University of Stavanger

2009: M.A. in Comparative Literature with Nordic Philology, LMU Munich

2003: B.A. (hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge.

Professional Experience

2011–2020: Senior Editor, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich

2009–2011: Editor, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich

2006–2011: Freelance translator and editor (part-time)

2003–2006: Administrative Employee, European Patent Office, Munich

Affiliations & Responsibilities

Coordinator, Ecocritical Network in Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN)

Executive Board, International Consortium of Enviromental History Organisations (ICEHO)

Editorial Board, Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History

Executive Board 2016-2020, European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture & the Environment (EASLCE)