Dr. Christina Judith Hein

Research Interests

  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Queer and Gender Studies
  • Native American Literature and Cultures
  • Integration Projects for Refugees and Erlangen Locals


  • Resident Director, Study Abroad Program at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Kalamazoo College, USA (since 2009)
  • Freelance teacher of German as a Second and German as a Foreign Language (2014-2015)
  • Studied Didaktik des Deutschen als Zweitsprache, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2012-2015)
  • Program Manager, German American Institute Nürnberg e.V. (2010-2011)
  • PostDoc, DFG Graduate College „Cultural Hermeneutics: Perspectives on Difference and Transdifference“, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2009-2010)
  • Graduate Student Representative, DFG Graduate College „Cultural Hermeneutics: Perspectives on Difference and Transdifference”, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2006-2007)
  • Wrote her Dissertation in American Studies, titled „Representations of Whiteness, Looking Relations, and Transdifference in Contemporary Native American Literature“ as an associate fellow of DFG Graduate College „Cultural Hermeneutics: Perspectives on Difference and Transdifference“ (2005-2009)
  • Associate Lecturer, American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2007-2008)
  • Worked as a Landscape Gardener at Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2004-2005)
  • Studied American Studies and Theater and Media Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (1998-2004)

Grants and Fellowships

  • Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy (2011)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Elitestipendien-Programm, Universität Bayern (2005-2008)
  • Short-Term Fellowship, DAAD (2003)
  • Direct Exchange Grant, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and University of Kansas, USA (2001)
  • Travel Grant, Fulbright Commission (2001)



  • Whiteness, the Gaze, and Transdifference in Contemporary Native American Literature. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.

Journal articles & Reviews

  • with Heike Paul. “The Fugitive as an Anti-Foundational Figure: ‘Going Native’ in Colonial America”. Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond. Eds. Alexandra Ganser, Katharina Gerund, and Heike Paul. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 229-258.
  • “Enriching Prose with Haiku Poetics”. Gerald Vizenor: Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Deborah L. Madsen. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2012. 113-134.
  • “Transdifference as a Strategy of Resistance in Gerald Vizenor’s The Heirs of Columbus”. Trans/Oceanic, Trans/American, Trans/lation: Issues in International American Studies. Eds. Susana Araújo, João Ferreira Duarte, and Marta Pacheco Pinto. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 105-122.
  • “‘Can the Squaw Bluff?’: Negotiations of Vision and Gazes in Tracks and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich”. Amerikastudien/American Studies 54:1 (2009): 121-142.
  • “Romantische Kämpfer, Väter, Homosexuelle”. Review on Ewa Mazierska. Masculinities in Polish and Czechoslovak Cinema: Black Peters and Men of Marble. (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008). Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin.
  • with Alexandra Ganser and Karin Höpker. “Trickster Hermeneutics als alterNative Schreib- und Lespraxis. Gerald Vizenors Harold of Orange und Louis Owens Bone Game”.  Kulturhermeneutik. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Umgang mit kultureller Differenz. Eds. Christoph Ernst, Walter Sparn, and Hedwig Wagner. München: Fink. 2008. 159-86.
  • “Telling The World Into Being”. Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin 49 (Januar 2008) : 12-15.
  • with Alexandra Ganser and Katharina Gerund, editor of COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies Vol. 9 (2008)
  • “Battleground Masculinity: Gendertroublers and Gatekeepers in Oliver Stone’s Platoon (1986)”. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies Vol. 8 (2007)
  • “Fliegen, Fighten, Weltenretten – Der Superheld in Comic und Film”. Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin 46 (Februar 2007) : 22-25.
  • “Color-Blindness vs. Race Matters: Pre-School Education and the Need for a Communal Vision”. Multicultural Education 11:4 (Summer 2004) : 52-54.


  • Introduction to Literary Theory (Aufbauseminar Literature)
  • ‘Native American Literature’: Cultures, Stories, Histories (PS)
  • Studies in US-American Postmodern Texts: Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water, David Lynch’s Mullholand Dr. und Alan Moore’s Supreme (PS)
  • The Wide Field of Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature and Film (PS)
  • The American Civil War (Workshop for Students at DAI Nürnberg)