Dr. Anne Sommer
MAS & Ph.D. Coordinator /
Heidelberg Center for American Studies
Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais
T: +49 (0)6221-54 37 13
F: +49 (0)6221-54 37 19
ANNE SOMMER (née Lübbers) ) studied political science, German philology, English, and Romance languages at Heidelberg University and the University of Bologna, Italy. She interned at the German Foreign Office in Berlin and at the Goethe Institute in Paris. After receiving her M.A. in 2006, she began work on her doctoral dissertation, making research trips to Italy, France, and Switzerland. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 with her dissertation on "Alfieri, Foscolo, and Manzoni as Readers of Machiavelli: Intertextuality and Reception in the Early Risorgimento." Anne Sommer has worked for the HCA since 2003. From 2003 to 2007, she was responsible for organizing and convening the Spring Academy and the Baden-Württemberg-Seminar. She has served as MAS coordinator since 2007. In 2010, she was instrumental in developing and implementing the B.A. program at the HCA. In 2018 she took over the task and position of Ph.D. coordinator of the HCA’s Ph.D. program as well.
After lecturing at the Romance language department, Anne Sommer now teaches American literature seminars at the HCA and conducts workshops on intercultural competence. In addition, she is the editor of the online journal "HeLix –Heidelberger Beiträge zur romanischen Literaturwissenschaft" and the book series "HeLix im Winter," both published by Winter Verlag. Her current research is entitled “Narratives of Return. Changing Notions of home, belonging, and cultural identity in 21st century Italian American literature.” Her research interests include in particular migration literature, diaspora studies, and transcultural dynamics.