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  • Organization: Department of English and American Studies
  • Working group: Chair of American Studies (Prof. Dr. Paul)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22437
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-26775
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  • Address:
    Bismarckstr. 1
    91054 Erlangen
    Room C 403
  • Office hours:

    Office Hours
    Mon 2-4pm

    Office Hours during the term break
    Feb. 24, 2017, 10-12am
    March 7, 2017, 10-12am
    March 21, 2017, 10-12am

    Room C 403, Forschungsfreisemester, Sprechzeiten nach Vereinbarung

Research Interests

American Myths
Feminist Studies and Gender studies
African American Studies
US-American Immigrant Literature and Postcolonial Studies
German Literature about the US and German-American Texts
Cold War Culture in Germany and the US
Popular Culture and Americanization, Reeducation after 1945
Cultural Mobility and Mobility Studies
Afro-Canadian Literature and History
Phenomena of Presence in American Culture and Literature
Tacit Knowledge and Public Feeling


  • Studied American Studies, English and Political Science at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/M. and the University of Washington, Seattle
  • Fellow of the Doctoral Program “Geschlechterdifferenz & Literatur,” Ludwig Maximilians-University Munich; PhD Leipzig University 1998
  • PhD research in the U.S. (DAAD grant, Harvard University and University of Massachusetts 1995; John E. Sawyer Fellow, Longfellow Institute, Harvard University, spring 1998; DFG grant, Harvard University, fall 1998)
  • Postdoctoral Research: Harvard University, Cambridge 1999
  • Assistant Professor at the Department for American Studies, Leipzig University; Habilitation 2004
  • Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin 2003/2004
  • As of December 2004 professor for North American Literature and Culture, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Teaching and research at Keele University, GB (2006, Erasmus), Wayne State University, Detroit (2008, partner program; 2010, BAA Summer Academy), the University of Toronto and York University (2008, Faculty Enrichment Program; 2010, Faculty Research Program), and Washington, D.C. (2012, BAA Summer Academy), Dartmouth College (2014, Harris Professorship) as well as Miami (2016, BAA Summer Academy).

Functions & Memberships

  • German Association for American Studies (GAAS) / advisory board member (2000-2008), vice president (since 2014), and co-editor of “American Studies – A Monograph Series” (since 2014)
  • Bavarian America-Academy (BAA), Munich / board member and co-director (since 2007)
  • Evaluation group for English and American Studies of the German Wissenschaftsrat / member (2010-2013)
  • GRF Research Training Group “Presence and Tacit Knowledge” / chair (since 2010)
  • GRF Research Training Group “Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections on Difference and Transdifference” / co-chair (2005-2010)
  • Fellowclub of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin / member (since 2004)
  • American Studies Association (ASA) / member (since 2010)
  • Association for Canadian Studies / member (since 2008)
  • Fulbright Contact and head of the commission for study abroad grants at the FAU (since 2007)
  • German American Institute (GAI) / board member of the Institute and the support association (since 2006)
  • Support Association “Family and Science”, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg / board member and chair (since 2013)
  • Ariadne mentoring program for women in academia, FAU / mentor (since 2012)
  • Journal Amerikastudien/American Studies / reader (2005-2011)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (GAES), German Research Foundation (GRF), Fulbright, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, etc. / reviewer (since 2004)
  • Institute for Area Studies, FAU / board member (since 2005) and executive director (since 2011)
  • Institute for English and American Studies and Department English, American, and Romance Studies, FAU / executive director (2006-2007 and since 2013)
  • Council of the Philosophical Faculty and Theology, FAU / member (2012-2014); Board of the Philosophical Faculty and Theology / member (since 2015)
  • PhD committee of the Philosophical Faculty / chair (since 2015)
  • Committee for Teaching and Degree Programs of the Philosophical Faculty / member (since 2013)


Authored Books

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Book Contributions

Workshops, Conferences & Lecture Series

Workshops, Conferences, Lecture Series

  1. “Public Feeling in Global Contexts.” International Conference (with Katharina Gerund), Erlangen, April 2016.
  2. Workshop “Tacit Knowledge,” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (with Katharina Gerund), Bonn, May 2015.
  3. “(Extra-)Ordinary Presence: Social Configurations and Cultural Repertoires.” International conference of the DFG doctoral program 1718 “Präsenz und implizites Wissen / Presence and Tacit Knowledge” (with Katharina Gerund, Kay Kirchmann, et al.), Erlangen, Nov. 2013.
  4. “Rural America.” Annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (with Antje Kley, et al.), Erlangen, May/June 2013.
  5. “Implizites Wissen zwischen Verkörperung und Explikation.” International conference of the DFG doctoral program 1718 “Präsenz und implizites Wissen / Presence and Tacit Knowledge” (with Frank Adloff, Katharina Gerund, et al.), Erlangen, Dec. 2012.
  6. Workshop “Multiracial Genealogies in American Life Writing, Past and Present,”annual conference of the German Association for American Studies  (with Cedric Essi), Mainz, June 2012.
  7. International conference “Cultural Encounters Between Germans and Americans after World War II: Reeducation, Reorientation, Americanization, 1945-1965,” (with Katharina Gerund), Erlangen, June 2010.
  8. Workshop “Utopian Economies.” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies  (with Sebastian Schneider), Berlin, May 2010.
  9. Lecture series “Literaturen und Kulturen der Amerikas: Interamerikanistische Perspektiven” (with Andrea Pagni), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, summer 2009.
  10. International conference “Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives in the US and Beyond” (with Alexandra Ganser and Katharina Gerund), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 2009.
  11. Fulbright Lecture Series “Critical Perspectives on War and Violence in American Literature and Culture” (with Karin Höpker and Dieter Meindl), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, summer 2008.
  12. International conference “Drogas in the Americas/Drugs entre las Americas: Societies, Cultures, Politics” (with Thomas Fischer and Harald Zapf), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 2006.
  13. Lecture series “Der Vietnamkrieg – 30 Jahre Krieg, 30 Jahre Erinnern,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, winter 2005/06.
  14. Workshop “Transatlantic Love,” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (with Katja Kanzler), Frankfurt/M., May 2005.
  15. Lecture series “Sex in the City – und anderswo” (with Andreas Falke), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, summer 2005.
  16. International conference “Religion and Mobility in Political Landscapes, 16th-18th Century” (with Ines Zupanov), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, June 2004.
  17. Postgraduate Forum of the German Assocation for American Studies (with Katja Kanzler), Leipzig 2002.
  18. Workshop “The German Reception of American Popular Culture Past and Present,” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (with Katja Kanzler), Bremen 2001.
  19. Annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (with Anne Koenen, et al.), Leipzig 1998.
  20. International symposium “Differenzen in der Geschlechterdifferenz – Differences within Gender Studies,” doctoral program “Geschlechterdifferenz & Literatur,” München and Instituut voor Vrouwenstudies, Utrecht (with Kati Röttger), Tutzing 1997.

International BAA Summer Academy for Doctoral Students in American Studies (since 2009)

  1. “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Material Cultures” (org. with Margarethe Schweiger-Wilhelm and Martha Schoolman), Miami, June 2016.
  2. “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Material Cultures” (org. with Volker Depkat and Margarethe Schweiger-Wilhelm), Munich and Regensburg, May 2015.
  3. “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture” (org. with Meike Zwingenberger and Katharina Gerund in coop. with Jessica Pliley and Jesús de la Teja), San Marcos, TX, May/June 2014.
  4. “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture” (org. with Meike Zwingenberger), Munich and Nuremberg, May/June 2013.
  5. “Democratic Cultures, Past and Present: Perspectives from Washington, D.C.” (org. with Meike Zwingenberger), Washington, D.C., May 2012.
  6. “Transatlantic American Studies: Democratic Cultures, Past and Present” (org. with Alexandra Ganser and Meike Zwingenberger), Munich und Nuremberg, May 2011.
  7. “Modernity, Mobility, Displacement: Transnational Perspectives from Detroit” (org. with Meike Zwingenberger in coop. with Barrett Watten), Detroit, May 2010.
  8. “Transatlantic American Studies: Cultural Mobility and Intercultural Exchange” (org. with Meike Zwingenberger), Munich, May 2009.

Levi Strauss Lecture for American Culture and Civilization (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, since 2009)

  1. Prof. Sophie Woodward, Manchester Univ.: “Global Denim: Not Just a History of Americana” (org. with Katharina Gerund and Tanja Roppelt), Nov. 2015.
  2. Prof. Cindy Ott, Saint Louis Univ.: “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon” (org. with Tanja Roppelt), Nov. 2014.
  3. Ulrich Krüger, Senior Editor ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland: “Die Mafia ist schuld: Warum US-Serien immer besser werden und sie trotzdem keiner anschaut” (org. with Tanja Roppelt), Oct. 2013.
  4. Prof. Andrei Markovits, Univ. of Michigan: “Gaming the World: Sports’ Every-Present Local Identity in a (Not at All Newly) Globalized World” (org. with Alexandra Ganser and Tanja Roppelt), June 2012.
  5. Prof. Dr. Anne Koenen, Leipzig Univ.: “Democratic Consumption: The Cultural History of Mail Order in the US and Germany” (org. with Tanja Roppelt), May 2011.
  6. Prof. Dr. Reinhold Wagnleitner, Univ. of Salzburg: “Jazz – the Classical Music of Globalization” (org. with Alexandra Ganser and Tanja Roppelt), April 2010.
  7. Lynn Downey, Historian for Levi Strauss & Co., San Fransisco: “True Blue: The History and Global Culture of Levi’s” (org. with Tanja Roppelt), April 2009.


  • The Sixties in Retrospect: Civil Rights, the Women’s Movement and the New Left
  • Women’s Writing and the American Dream
  • National Identity and Cultural Memory in American Film
  • Film, Soap, and Gender
  • The Literatures of Asian-America
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby Dick: Text and Contexts
  • Growing Up
  • Literature of the Reconstruction Era
  • James Baldwin: Novelist, Essayist, Critic
  • Immigrant Fiction
  • Literarische Neuerscheinungen
  • Campus Novels: Der Literaturwissenschaftler als Romanheld
  • Nobel Prize Winners in American Literature
  • Benjamin Franklin and American Beginnings
  • How to Make a Long Story Short: Readings in an American Genre
  • Modernism in Black and White
  • Transatlantic Love
  • Writing and Re-Writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • American Women Poets
  • Detroit: Film, Fiction, Music of an American City
  • Wissenschaftliche Neuerscheinungen
  • Captivity Narratives Past and Present
  • “Unspeakable Things Spoken:” Representations of Slavery in Film and Fiction
  • The Historical Imagination
  • Jewish American Literature
  • Gender, Memory and the Vietnam War
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Chick Lit in Transatlantic Perspective (with Doris Feldmann)
  • American Popular Culture in the US and in Germany
  • More than Aloha: Hawaii and Euro-American Discourses of Exoticism
  • Canadian Crimes
  • Amerikanisierung und Reeducation nach 1945 in Nürnberg und Berlin
  • American Beginnings / American Foundational Mythology
  • Literary and Cultural Studies of the Americas (with Andrea Pagni)
  • The History, Culture, and Literature of Slavery in/and Canada
  • Amerikanische Fernsehserien (with Christoph Ernst)
  • Conversion, Assimilation, Reeducation (with Alexandra Ganser)
  • Books That Changed America
  • The American Civil War (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Consumer Cultures in America
  • Contemporary Canadian Fiction
  • Präsenzphänomene in der amerikanischen Kultur und Literatur
  • Mythos Cowboy (with Tanja Roppelt)
  • Cold War Culture & Politics (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Transnational American Studies (with Alexandra Ganser)
  • From the Boston Tea Party to the Tea Party Movement (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Rural America: History, Culture, and Literature
  • Der Vietnamkrieg und die amerikanische Gesellschaft (with Herbert Sirois)
  • 19th-Century Popular Culture in Britain and the US (with Doris Feldmann)
  • The American West
  • “The Age of Reform:” Progressivism in America (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Critical Mixed-Race Studies (with Cedric Essi)
  • American Prisons (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Public Feeling in America
  • Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction
  • “Wie aus Feinden Freunde wurden?”: Die deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen seit 1945 im Kontext von Reeducation, Kulturpolitik und Amerikanisierung (with Herbert Sirois)
  • Postracial America?
  • Der “affective turn” in den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften (with Frank Adloff)
  • Washington, D.C. (with Herbert Sirois)