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Graduiertenkolleg "Authority & Trust"
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Please direct all questions pertaining to the Graduiertenkolleg and the application process to: gkat@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

 
Openings

GKAT invites applications for 10 three-year positions (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020) for doctoral candidates.

Application deadline: March 15, 2017.

For more information please download the call for applications (.pdf) and visit the GKAT application page.

 
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Faculty

Prof. Dr. Manfred Berg

Curt Engelhorn Professor of American History /
GKAT Speaker

Berg

History Department / Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Manfred Berg has held the Curt Engelhorn Chair in American History since September 2005. From 1992 to 1997, Professor Berg was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Subsequently he taught at the Free University of Berlin, Cologne University, and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. He also served as executive director of the Center for USA Studies at the Leucorea Foundation of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The foci of his research and teaching are African American History, the history of mob violence, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. He is the author of The Ticket to Freedom: The NAACP and the Struggle for Black Political Integration (2005), Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America (2011), and most recently Geschichte der USA (2013). His biography of Woodrow Wilson is due out with C.H. Beck in March 2017. In 2006 Professor Berg received the David Thelen Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for the best article on American history published in a foreign language for his article "Black Civil Rights and Liberal Anticommunism: The NAACP during the McCarthy Era." In the spring of 2009 Manfred Berg served as the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 2010 through 2012, Professor Berg served as dean of the Faculty of Philosophy.

 

Prof. Dr. Günter Leypoldt

Professor of American Literature /
GKAT Co-Speaker

Berg

English Department / Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Günter Leypoldt is professor of American literature and culture at the Faculty of Modern Languages. He taught American Studies at the universities of Tübingen (2001-2007), Maryland–College Park (2003), and Mainz (2007-2009). Günter Leypoldt holds degrees in American, British, and German literatures from Cape Town (B.A.) and Tübingen (doctorate and Habilitation). He has published essays on literary transcendentalism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century aesthetics, twentieth-century literary and cultural theory, and a monograph on contemporary fiction, Casual Silences: The Poetics of Minimal Realism (2001). His most recent study deals with nineteenth-century U.S. literary culture and its modernist reconstruction, Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective (2009). His present research interests include transatlantic romanticism and modernism, American pragmatism, transculturality, the borders between aesthetic and religious experience, and the sociology of knowledge formation.

 

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse

Professor of English Linguistics

Berg

English Department

 

Dr. Tobias Endler

HCA Research & Ph.D. Coordinator

Berg

Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Tobias Endler is a Research Associate and Ph.D. & Research Coordinator at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. He has worked on public intellectuals in present-day America, Enlightenment thinking, and issues of democracy. His current research focuses on U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century, and the future of transatlantic and transpacific relations. Tobias has published three books: After 9/11: Leading Political Thinkers about the World, the U.S. and Themselves (2011), a collection of interviews with leading political thinkers such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Noam Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, How to Be a Superpower (2012), and Entzauberung: Skizzen und Ansichten zu den USA in der Ära Obama (2015, with Martin Thunert). He is the co-editor of Zeitenwende 9/11? Eine transatlantische Bilanz (2016; with Till Karmann, Martin Thunert, and Simon Wendt). Tobias regularly comments on US politics and transatlantic relations in the national media, and he writes for the online blog Carta.

 

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard

Professor for Human Geography
of North America

Leypoldt

Institute of Geography /
Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Ulrike Gerhard is professor for human geography of North America at the HCA and the Institute of Geography. Previously she taught North American Studies as well as urban geography at the universities of Cologne (2000-2001), Würzburg (2001-10), Munich (2005-06), and also Heidelberg (2008-09). She studied geography at Marburg as well as Waterloo, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, and received her Ph.D. in 1998 from Marburg University doing research on urban consumer landscapes in Canada and Germany. Since then she has analyzed political and socio-economic trends in U.S. American cities (see, for example, Global City Washington, D.C. – eine politische Stadtgeographie, 2007), spending several months in Washington, D.C., and other urban centers. Her most recent research topics deal with reurbanization trends in North American cities, urban inequality in the Americas, and urban sustainable politics across the world. She aims at developing a planetary research perspective on urban theory that takes into account the wide array of urban developments in an increasingly urbanized world. Professor Gerhard was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from March to July 2015 and is facilitating a close partnership with that university.

 

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch

Professor for International Relations and Comparative Foreign Policy

Leypoldt

Institute for Political Science

Sebastian Harnisch is professor for international relations and comparative foreign policy, deputy director of the Institute for Political Science at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, and deputy executive director for the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE). He taught international relations, German and American foreign and security policy at Trier University (2003-2006), the Federal Armed Forces University, Munich (2006-2007), Beijing Foreign Studies University (2011), and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2013). Sebastian Harnisch holds degrees in history and political science from Trier University (M.A., doctorate and Habilitation) and was a research fellow at JCIE (Tokyo, 1996), Columbia University (New York, 1996), Yonsei and Seoul National University (Seoul, 1996-1997), as well as Heidelberg's Center of Excellency, the Marsilius-Kolleg (2011). He has published widely on U.S. foreign and security policy, including a monograph on U.S.-Korean relations (1850-1995) and an edited volume on role theory in international relations (2011).

 

PD Dr. Margit Peterfy

Senior Lecturer American Literature

English Department

 

 

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schloss

Professor of American Literature

Leypoldt

English Department / Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Dietmar Schloss teaches American literature and culture at both the HCA and the English Department of Heidelberg University. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) from the University of Heidelberg. As a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has published widely in the fields of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century American literature and culture; his book The Virtuous Republic (2003) examines the political visions of American writers during the founding period of the United States. In 2009, he published a volume of conference proceedings entitled Civilizing America: Manners and Civility in American Literature and Culture as well as a collection of critical essays on the contemporary American novel. In his new project, entitled "Spaces of Decivilization," he explores the phenomenon of violence in American literature and culture from the vantage point of Norbert Elias's sociological theory.

 

Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann

Professor of the History of Christianity
in the U.S.

Leypoldt

Faculty of Theology / Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Jan Stievermann has written and edited books and essays on a broad range of topics in the fields of American religious history and American literature, including a comprehensive study of the theology and aesthetics of Ralph Waldo Emerson (2007). He co-edited A Peculiar Mixture: German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-Century North America (Pennsylvania State UP, 2013) and Religion and the Marketplace in the United States (2014). His most recent publications are the edition of vol. 5 of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana (2015) and a book-length study of this hitherto unexplored source entitled Prophecy, Piety, and the Problem of Historicity: Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures in Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana (2016). For the Biblia-project as a whole (10 vols.) he also serves as the executive editor.

 

PD Dr. Martin Thunert

Senior Lecturer Political Science

Leypoldt

Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Martin Thunert joined the HCA as research lecturer in political science in September 2007. He is a graduate of Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, holds a doctoral degree from the University of Augsburg, and received his Habilitation in political science from the University of Hamburg, where he was an assistant professor. Martin Thunert was an exchange student at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and did graduate work at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He has held appointments in political studies at several German universities and spent four years (2002-2006) as visiting associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was a Kennedy Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies and gained practical experience as staff assistant in the U.S. Senate (Labor, Education and Health Committee).

 

Prof. Jeffrey Alexander, Ph.D.

Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University

Prof. Dr. Helmut Anheier

President and Dean, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and Professor of Sociology, Heidelberg University

Prof. Darren Dochuk, Ph.D.

Department of History, University of Notre Dame

Prof. Philip Goff, Ph.D.

Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University

Prof. Dr. Barbara Hahn

Department of Geography and Geology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joas

Faculty of Theology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Juliet Kaarbo, Ph.D.

School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Wilfried Mausbach

Executive Director, Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Prof. Dr. Cameron Thies

School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt

Department of American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

Prof. David Wilson, Ph.D.

Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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