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To provide our network of young scholars a public presence, the HCA established the Spring Academy Network for American Studies in 2009. This website is designed as a directory of former Spring Academy participants to stay in contact with each other and for other members of the network in general to get in touch with each other.

We hope that the members will be able to find excellent early-stage researchers in their own field(s) of interest within the network when wanting to start new research projects or organizing conferences. Members can be addressed through a direct mailing list (edited by the Spring Academy organizers). The list may announce CfPs as well as new projects or other interesting news to the members.

Our long-term goal is to make this network an established reference source for excellent researchers in the field of American Studies, where not only members can present themselves and stay in touch, but to which others can turn to find experts working in specific areas as well.

Members are listed in alphabetical order under their main discipline. Sub-disciplines or cross-disciplinary works are identified individually. The information includes: Name, Title of the Ph.D. Project, University Affiliation, (Sub-/Cross-disciplines), and Year of Participation in the Spring Academy.

For further information about the Spring Academy Network or how to get in touch with former participants, please contact the Spring Academy team.

Former participants are also invited to stay in touch through our private Spring Academy Facebook Group.

Art Studies

  • Ayelet Carmi, From Victorian England to Contemporary America: a Comparative Study between the Reception of Julia Margaret Cameron and Sally Mann, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Israel, Spring Academy 2014
  • Ellery Foutch, Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse in Peale's Butterflies, Heade's Hummingbirds, Blaschaka's Flowers and Sandow's Body, University of Pennsylvania/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • Karen Patricia Heath, Painting the Town Red: Conservatives and the Politics of Art, From Cold War to Culture War, St. Anne’s College & Faculty of History, University of Oxford/UK, Spring Academy 2012
  • Kate Lemay, Forgotten Memorials: The Art and Architecture of the American Cemeteries in France From World War II, Indiana University/ USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Marta Anton Marti, Identity and Nationalism in Abstract-Expressionism: New Approaches to the Native American Heritage of the New York School, Pompeu Fabra University/ Spain, Spring Academy 2009
  • Mary Zundo, Mapping Destiny: Cartography and 19th Century American Art of the Frontier, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign/ USA, (Fine and Applied Arts), Spring Academy 2009

Cultural Studies

  • Mirjam Grewe-Salfeld, Do-It-Yourself - Biotechnology and the New Cultural Politics in Life in the Contemporary United States, Universität Potsdam/Germany, Spring Academy 2018

Environmental Studies

  • Susanne Leikam, Framing a City in Motion: Visual Representations of Earthquakes in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century San Francisco, University of Regensburg, Spring Academy 2009
  • Eleonora Rohland, Hurricanes in New Orleans, 1722-2005. An Urban Biography of Disaster, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, KWI/ USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Coyote Shook, Fetid Eden: Disability, Speculation, and the Twilight of Florida, University of Texas, Austin/ USA, Spring Academy 2021
  • Nina DeBettin Padolin, Climate Change Drama’s Ecocritical Capabilities of Decolonizing Indigenous Epistemologies, University of Graz/ Austria, Spring Academy 2022
  • Marina Pingler, Re-Imagining Climate Futures: Alternative Imaginaries in American Literature and Culture, University of Tübingen/ Germany, Spring Academy 2022

Ethnic Studies

  • Lorenzo Costaguta, Which Way to Emancipation? Race and Ethnicity in American Socialist Thought, 1876-1899, University of Nottingham/UK, Spring Academy 2015
  • Carmen Dexl, Ethics and Aesthetics of Representations of Lynching in African American Narrative Literature, 1900-1973, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Spring Academy 2008
  • Hannah Durkin, Constructions of the Black Female Dancing Body in the Films and Writings of Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham, University of Nottingham, Spring Academy 2010
  • Rebecca Fuchs, Caribbeanness as a Global Phenomenon, University of Mannheim, Spring Academy 2010
  • Katharina Gerund, Transatlantic Cultural Exchange: African American Women’s Art and Activism in Germany, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Spring Academy 2010
  • Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, State-Islam Relations in Contemporary Germany and the US: When Muslim Immigration and Secularization Meet, The New School for Social Research/USA, Spring Academy 2016
  • Silke Hackenesch, Constructing "Blackness": Chocolate as a Racial Signifier in Historical and Cultural Perspective, Free University of Berlin/ Germany, (American History and Culture, Afro-German Studies, Cultural Studies), Spring Academy 2009
  • Frank Kelderman, Authorized Agents: The Projects of Native American Writing, 1800-1860, University of Michigan/USA, Spring Academy 2014
  • Martina Koegeler-Abdi, Adaptive Agency in Early Arab American Womanhood, 1893-1963, University of Copenhagen/Denmark, Spring Academy 2016
  • Christopher Minck, Washington and Africa: The Role of Charles C. Diggs, Mr. Africa, University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris/France (African American Studies - U.S. Foreign Policy), Spring Academy 2011
  • Nicole Moore, Modeling School Success: The Relationship Between Culturally Responsive Schooling and American Indian and Alaska Native Student Achievement, University of California-Davis/USA, Spring Academy 2012
  • Aurélie Roy, Evolutions in Modern Native Activism: Leadership from 1911-Present, University of Arizona/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • Eva Pelayo Sanudo, Genre, Gender & Space: Family Sagas & Streets in Italian American Experience, University of Oviedo/Spain, Spring Academy 2016
  • Agnieszka Stasiewicz, Generation at the crossroads. The policy of constructing ethnic identity of immigrants' children and youth: The case study of the Swedish-American publishing house Augustana Book Concern (1889 - 1962), Jagiellonian University, Krakow/ Poland, (Migration and Ethnic Studies), Spring Academy 2008
  • Jared Toney, Locating Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Migration and the Transnational Dialects of Race and Community in North America, 1910-1929, University of Toronto, Spring Academy 2013
  • Balázs Venkovits, Images of the Americas: The United States in Latin America in 19th Century Hungarian Travel Literature - A Comparative Study, University of Debrecen/ Hungary, Spring Academy 2009

Film Studies

  • Sarah Collier, Between man and machine: masculinity, technology and spatiality in contemporary US war narratives, University College London/ UK, Spring Academy 2021
  • Maurizio di Costanzo, Six-Shooter and Katana: The American Western and the Japanese Samurai Film as Reflections of Cultural Currents, LMU München/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Pablo Dominguez, Film Stars of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich as Embodiments of Gender, Nation and Race, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg University/ Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Noelia Gregorio Fernández, The Rebel of Chicano Cinema: The Films of Robert Rodriguez, University of Alcalá/Spain, Spring Academy 2015
  • Milan Hain, The American Films of Hugo Haas, Palacky University Olomouc/ Czech Republic, Spring Academy 2011
  • Qijun Han, Chinese American Family in Sinophone Cinema, Utrecht University/The Netherlands, Spring Academy 2011
  • Mareike Jenner, “FOLLOW THE EVIDENCE” – The Search for Truth, Justice and Scientific Objectivity in the Contemporary American Crime, University of Aberystwyth/ UK, Spring Academy 2011
  • Mikkel Jensen, David Simon's American City: The Corner, The Wire, Treme, Show Me a Hero, and The Deuce, Aalborg University/Denmark, Spring Academy 2018
  • Dietmar Meinel, Exceptional Aesthetics. Reconsidering Aesthetic Experience in the (New) American Exceptionalism of Pixar Films, Freie Universität Berlin/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Eponine Moreau, The Subtitling of Swear Words in the French Version of Netflix Original Series, University of Mons/ Belgium, Spring Academy 2021
  • Pablo Gómez Muñoz, Transnational Narratives in Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Cinema: A Cosmopolitan Approach, University of Zaragoza/Spain, Spring Academy 2015
  • Matthew Tchepikova-Treon, X-Rated Sound: Exploitation Cinema & One Hundred Years of 1972, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities/ USA, Spring Academy 2021

Gender Studies

  • Christine Bachman-Sanders, Harmless Pleasure: The "New Woman" Cyclist and American Empire in the 1890s, University of Minnesota/USA, Spring Academy 2018
  • Katrin Horn, Deconstructing Gender Hegemony, Queering the Cultural Mainstream: Camp as a Subversive Strategy in the Production and Reception of Contemporary American Popular Culture, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Philipp Kutzelmann, Wrestlingstars: Die Konstruktion weisser Maskulinität im amerikanischen Professional Wrestling, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Simon Whybrew, Neither One nor the Other: Non-Binary Gender Embodiment in Contemporary North American Speculative Fiction, University of Graz/Germany, Spring Academy 2018


  • Sharon W. Adams, Encountering El Tigre: Jaguars and People in the United States, 1800-2010, The University of Texas at Austin/USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • John Elrick, Constitutive Cartographies: The Political Life of Maps in San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, Spring Academy 2013
  • Nico Völker, Ghost Towns: Brooklyn, Urban Narratives and the Poetics of Gentrification, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017


  • Yohanna Alimi, The Reception in Jacksonian America of the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848 in France, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, Spring Academy 2010
  • Anne-Marie Angelo, The Wide Black Power Movement: The Black Panthers of Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 1966-75, Duke University, Spring Academy 2010
  • Verena Baier, Remembering Nicaragua?: Life Writings by US American Volunteers in the Nicaragua Peace and Solidarity Movement and the Contra War, 1979-1990, University of Regensburg/ Germany, Spring Academy 2021
  • Anna Banhegyi, Where Marx Meets Osceola: Ideology and Mythology in the Eastern Bloc Western, Southern Methodist University/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • David Bassano, The Central America Human Rights Movement: An Analysis of Operations and Outcomes, University at Albany, Spring Academy 2010
  • Franziska Bechtel, New Harmony – The Experiment and Its Legacy, J. W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Krysten Blackstone, The Hardest Conflict: Morale and Identity in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, University of Edinburgh/UK, Spring Academy 2018
  • Albertine Bloemendal, Ernst van der Beugel - A Transatlantic Mediator, Leiden University/Roosevelt Study Center/ The Netherlands, Spring Academy 2011
  • James Brookes, 'Picturing the Civil War: Visual Culture of the Rank-and-File, University of Nottingham/UK, Spring Academy 2018
  • Brandon Byrd, An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African American Political Imagination, 1863-1915, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/USA, Spring Academy 2012
  • Eimeel Castillo, Imperial Encounters: Gender Politics in U.S. Occupied Nicaragua (1912-1933), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor/ USA, Spring Academy 2021
  • Ari Cushner, Holding the Center: Cold War Liberalism, the Non-Communist Left, and American Global Power 1945-1968, University of California at Santa Cruz, Spring Academy  2012
  • Mikkel Dack, Denazification in the American Zone of Occupation, 1944-1949, University of Calgary, Spring Academy 2013
  • Natalie Deibel, "For Profit, Pleasure and Sport": Recreation, Culture and Society in Early America, 1600-1750, George Washington University/USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Elsa Devienne, Beaches in the City: The Making of Los Angeles’s Beaches, 1920s-1972, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Spring Academy 2013
  • David Doddington, Hierarchies and Honour Among Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South, University of Warwick/UK, Spring Academy 2011
  • Holger Drössler, Racism, Nationalism, and Interracial Relationships in the United States and Germany, 1877-1914, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich/ Germany, Spring Academy 2009
  • Sarah Earnshaw, A Foucauldian Genealogy of Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy: Challenging the Norms of State Sovereignty with the Pursuit of Universal Human Rights, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/Germany, Spring Academy 2016
  • Ray Eberling, ’Come on Down’: The Selling of the Florida Dream, 1945-1965, Heidelberg University/Germany, Spring Academy 2008
  • Jacob S. Eder, Sanitizing the Nazi Past? West German Cultural Diplomacy versus the “Americanization of the Holocaust”, University of Pennsylvania, Spring Academy2010
  • Gloria Fears-Heinzel, Black/Gay/Power/Liberation: Inter-Movement Co-operations on Issues of Black Gay Liberation Struggles, Goethe-University-Frankfurt/ Germany, Spring Academy 2021
  • Patrick Gaul, The Reception of the American Civil War in the States of the German Confederation, 1861-1865, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Helen Gibson, Joyriding Across the Color Line: Automotivity and Citizenship in the United States, 1895-1939, Freie Universität Berlin/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017
  • Carmen Gomez-Galisteo, Dilligent Writers of America: William Bradford's and Alva Nuñez de Vaca's Representation of America, University of Alcala/ Spain, (Early American History), Spring Academy 2009
  • Juliane Graf, Crossing Boundaries: German Immigrants to the U.S. Between Transcultural
    Challenge and the Realities of the Everyday, 1830 – 1900, Graduate School of North American Studies (FU Berlin), Spring Academy 2010
  • Ruth Hatlapa, U.S. Presidents as Projection Screen for European Anxieties and Ideals since the End of the Cold War in Western European Media, University of Augsburg/Germany
  • Frédéric Heurtebize, Washington's Attitude towards Eurocommunism in France and Italy: 1974-81, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris II), (Diplomatic History), Spring Academy 2010
  • Vilja Hulden, Employers, Unite? Organized Business Responses to the Rise of Labor Unions in the United States, 1900-1930, University of Arizona/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • Emily Hull, Irving Kristol: Cold War Liberal and Conservative, University College London/ UK, Spring Academy 2021
  • Julia Irwin, Humanitarian Occupations: International Assistance, Voluntary Diplomacy, and the American Red Cross, 1898-1928, Yale University/ USA, (Histories of U.S. Welfare and U.S. Internationalism), Spring Academy 2009
  • Koji Ito, The Pacific Alliance: An Interpretation of America’s Annexation of Hawaii, Osaka University/ Japan, Spring Academy 2014
  • Ida Jahr, Necessary Developments of the Modern? American Studies in Norway from WWII until Today, FU Berlin/ Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Sophie Joscelyne, 'The Totalitarian Disease: The American Intellectual Left, Body Politics, and the Image of America in the World from the Cold War to the War on Terror', University of Sussex/UK, Spring Academy 2018
  • Saara Kekki, Making Good Americans - US Assimilation Policies toward Japanese Americans and Native Americans through 1940s-1950s, University of Helsinki/Finland, Spring Academy 2011
  • Helen Kilburn, Black Serfs: The influence of feudalism, religious conflict and Englishness on the institutionalisation of slavery in Maryland under the proprietorship of Lords Baltimore, 1634-1689, University of Manchester/ UK, Spring Academy 2017
  • Anna Koivusalo, Honor and Politics in the Nineteenth-Century American South: The Life and Career of James Chesnut, Jr., University of Helsinki / Finland, Spring Academy 2011
  • Céline Letemplé, To be or not to be an empire: history and recent developments of an American dilemma, University of Paris Ouest (Paris X), Nanterre/ France, ( Political Science, U.S. Foreign Policy), Spring Academy 2006
  • Marlen Lux, Diverging Paths. Samuel Northrup Harper and the Formation of the Bolshevik Enemy Image in the US during World War I, Free University Berlin/Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Melissa Amy Maestri, Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Comparing Slavery in 18th Century New York City and Charleston, University of Delaware/USA, Spring Academy 2010
  • Alessandra Magrin, A Comparative study of Buffalo Bill's Wild West's Tours in Italy 1890-1906, University of Strathclyde/UK, Spring Academy 2012
  • Peter N. Marquis, Brooklyn and "its" Dodgers. Baseball and the making of urban identities in the US, 1883-1957, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris/ France, (Sports Studies, American Sports History), Spring Academy 2007
  • Ruth Martin, American Civil Liberties, Fear and Conformity, 1937-1969, University of Cambridge / UK, Spring Academy 2012
  • Stephen Mawdsley, Promoting Polio Prophylaxis: The National Foundation and the Politics of Polio Immunization in 20th Century America, University of Cambridge/ UK, Spring Academy 2009
  • Mahshid Mayar, From Amoy to Zanesville: American Youths’ Geopolitical Imaginaries at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century, Universität Bielefeld/Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Anja Milde, "Pansies", "Dikes," and Panthers: Coalitions in the Civil and Gay Rights Movements, Heidelberg University/ Germany, Spring Academy 2009
  • Caroline Morris, The “Voice of Virginia”: WRVA and Conversations of Nationhood, College of William and Mary/USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Paul Musselwhite, Towns in Mind: Debating Urbanization and Empire in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1650-1750, The College of William and Mary, (Early American History), Spring Academy 2010
  • Kaete M. O’Connell, Feeding the Enemy: Humanitarian Aid and the Power of Hunger in Occupied Germany, Temple University/USA, Spring Academy 2016
  • Sabrina Otterloo, Democratization and Domestic Terrorism: The Organization and Triumph of the Democratic Party in the Red River Valley of Louisiana, 1865-1878, Leiden University / The Netherlands, Spring Academy 2011
  • Emmanuelle Perez, Between Mexico and the United States of America, Californios and Politics, 1810-1879, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales/France, Spring Academy 2013
  • Marieke Polfliet, Emigration and politicization: French migrants in New York and New Orleans in the first half of the XIXth century (1803-1860), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Spring Academy 2010
  • Noemi Quagliati, Wildness in the time of Photography: An Itinerary in the Modern Representation of Nature, RCCES - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich/Germany, Spring Academy 2018
  • Sarah Robey, The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963, Temple University/USA, Spring Academy 2015
  • Jennifer L. Rodgers, From the 'Archive of Horror' to the 'Shop Window of Democracy:' The International Tracing Service and the Transatlantic Politics of the Past in the Cold War Era, UPenn/USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Atef Said, From Extradition to Extraordinary Rendition: The Politics of U.S. Sovereignty Since the Nineteenth Century, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor/USA
  • Bernhard Sassmann, Cultures of Intelligence: U.S. Military Intelligence, 1900-1947, University of Augsburg/Germany, Spring Academy 2014
  • Olli Saukko, American Jewish Intellectuals and Culture Wars 2011-2016, University of Helsinki/ Finland, Spring Academy 2021
  • Michael Savage, The Metropolitan Moment: Municipal Boundaries, Segregation, and Civil Rights Possibilities in the American North, University of Toronto/Canada, Spring Academy 2018
  • Christine Schnaithmann, The knowledge architecture of office work. Frank Lloyd Wrights Larkin Administration Building, 1906-1950, Humbold-Universität Berlin/Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Dorothee Schwieters, (Un-) Officially Zoned for Industrial Pollution: Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice on the East Side of Houston, Texas, since the 1970s, University of Cologne/ Germany, Spring Academy 2021
  • Carin Peller Semmens, Torrent of Fury: From Slavery to Freedom in the New Cotton South, 1820-1880, University of Sussex/UK, Spring Academy 2013
  • Celeste Sharpe, They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945-1980, George Mason University/USA, Spring Academy 2015
  • Taeko Shibahara, To Bridge the Great Abyss of Two Cultures: Transnationalism and Gender in the Interwar Period, Doshisha University/ Japan, (Southern History and Cultures Studies), Spring Academy 2009
  • Coyote Shook, Fetid Eden: Disability, Speculation, and the Twilight of Florida, University of Texas, Austin/ USA, Spring Academy 2021
  • David Sittler, History of the metropolitan Street as Mass Medium, Chicago 1870-1930, Erfurt University/Germany, Spring Academy 2012
  • Sarah Sporys, Memory Politics and the Politics of History in Transatlantic Relations after the Cold War, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg/Germany, Spring Academy 2018
  • Annessa C. Stagner, Defining the Soldier’s Wounds: U.S. Shell Shock in International Perspective, University of California, Irvine/ USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Baligh Ben Taleb, Reckoning with the Legacies of American Settler Colonialism in the Great Plains, University of Nebraska-Lincoln/USA, Spring Academy 2016
  • Debby Esmeé de Vlugt, Black Power in the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, 1968-1973, Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Leiden University/ The Netherlands, Spring Academy 2021
  • Nina Vollenbröker, Rootedness in Mobility: Spring Academye and Spatial Relationships in the Nineteenth-Century American West, University College London (UCL)/UK, Spring Academy 2011
  • Mark Leon de Vries, The Reconstruction Struggle Between Local and Federal Administration in Louisiana's Red River Valley, Leiden University/The Netherlands, Spring Academy 2012
  • Christian Wilbers, Between Third Reich and American Way: Transatlantic Migration and the Politics of Belonging, 1920 - 1945, The College of William and Mary/USA, Spring Academy 2011
  • Shannen Dee Williams, Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America after World War I, Rutgers University New Brunswick/USA, Spring Academy2011
  • John Woitkowitz, A Cultural History of U.S.-Canadian Foreign and Defense Relations in the Arctic, 1940-1957, University of Calgary/Canada, Spring Academy 2014
  • Mishio Yamanaka, Against the Rules of Caste: Racial Desegregation, Social Equality and Creoles of Color in New Orleans, 1867-1900, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/USA, Spring Academy 2016
  • Maarten Zwiers, Between Party and Principle: James Eastland, the Democratic Tradition, and the Southern Way of Life, University of Groningen/the Netherlands, (Southern Studies), Spring Academy 2008


  • Bryan Banker, The Black Hegelianists: Locating Hegelian Dialectics in the Political and Social Aesthetic Work of Paul Robeson and Langston Hughes, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München/Germany, Spring Academy 2014
  • Katrien Bollen, Underground or Six Feet Under? A Case-Study of The Unbearables. Downtown New York, 1974-2001, Ghent University/ Belgium, (Urban Studies), Spring Academy 2009
  • Olesya Bondarenko, Visual Politics and Production of Presence in Rae Armantrout`s Work: Transforming Philosophical Poetry, Kyiv National Linguistic University, Spring Academy 2012
  • Dustin Breitenwischer, The Narrative of Networking: The ‘In-Between’ in the American Novel, 1897-1997, FU Berlin/ Germany, Spring Academy 2013
  • James Clark, Contested Terrain: Canadian War Writing After 9/11, York University/Canada, Spring Academy 2016
  • Sarah Collier, Between man and machine: masculinity, technology and spatiality in contemporary US war narratives, University College London/ UK, Spring Academy 2021
  • Juliet Conway, From flirt to flapper: re-examining the flirt figure in American fiction from 1878 – 1928, University of Edinburgh/Scotland, Spring Academy 2018
  • Arturo Corujo, Interweaving the Melvillean Self: Queering the Porous Boundaries of the In/Human, University of Barcelona/ Spain, Spring Academy 2021
  • Martin Fernandez-Fernandez, The Emmett Till Case in US Fiction and Drama, University of Santiago de Compostela/Spain, Spring Academy 2018
  • Barbara Gföllner, "Thinking with the Archipelago": Diasporic Im/Mobilities in Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean Poetry, University of Vienna/ Austria, Spring Academy 2021
  • Lesley Gissane, Literary Recognition: Muslim Representation in the Post-9/11 Novel, University of Western Sydney/Australia, Spring Academy 2015
  • Zohra Hassa-Pieper, THE CITY OF DESTRUCTION: Disaster-Building and the Concept of the Wasted Human in Drooker's Flood! A Novel in Pictures (1992), University of Duisburg-Essen/ Germany, Spring Academy 2021
  • Joy A.J. Howard, Stories of Spirit Possession in Early America, 1650-1850, Purdue University/ USA, (American Literature before 1860), Spring Academy 2009
  • Elin Käck, "Swarming European Consciousness": Europe and Tradition in the Work of William Carlos Williams, Linköping University/Sweden, Spring Academy 2015
  • Martina Kado, Re-examining the Role of the Sea in Maritime Narratives of Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad, University of Zagreb, Spring Academy 2013
  • Izabella Kimak, Women at Cultural Crossroads: Female Body and Sexuality in South Asian American Literature, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin/ Poland, Spring Academy 2007
  • Blaz Kosovel, New Perspectives on Postmodernism: How Postmodernism Emerged from the American Concept of Culture and the Managerial Logic of the Corporation, University of Primorska, Koper/ Slovenia, Spring Academy 2011
  • Julia Lichtenstein, Inner and Outer Spring Academye: Literary Negotiations of Southern Identity in Postsouthern Times, Heidelberg University/Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Marta Lysik, Religion, Gender, and the Narrative in the Works of Louise Erdrich, Humboldt-Universität Berlin/Germany (Institute for English and American Studies), Spring Academy 2010
  • Ani Maitra, Narcissism and the Scene of Reading: Towards a Global Politics of Aesthetic, Brown University/USA
  • Joanna Mąkowska, The Corporeal Subject in the Works of Mina Loy and Adrienne Rich, University of Warsaw/Poland, Spring Academy 2015
  • Lena Mattheis, Global Narratability in Transcultural Anglophone Novels, University of Duisburg- Essen/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017
  • Christian Maul, "One World at a Time?" Henry David Thoreau's Individualism in the Light of Communitarian Theory, Heidelberg University/ Germany, Spring Academy 2009
  • Evelyn P. Mayer, Beyond Border Binaries: Canada-U.S. Border Fiction, University of Mainz / FTSK Germersheim/Germany
  • Katie McGettigan, The Literary Marketplace in the Fiction of Herman Melville, Keele University/UK, Spring Academy 2011
  • Mihaela Roxana Mihele, Saul Bellow - Beyond the Community, Babes-Bolyai-University/ Romania, Spring Academy 2009
  • Cansu Özge Özmen, American Travel Narratives of the Orient (1830-1970). A Study in 19th Century Latent American Orientalism, Jacobs University Bremen/ Germany, (Intercultural Humanities), Spring Academy 2009
  • Amelia Nan, Woody Allen: Between Literature and Cinema - Jewish Heritage and Western Urban Thinking Patterns in Woody Allen's Work, Babes-Bolyai Univestity/Romania
  • Nicole Poppenhagen, Transpacific Families in Chinese American Life Writing, University of Vienna/ Austria, Spring Academy 2015
  • Stephanie Redekop, ’Is that a Fact?’: The Literary Essay and American Crisis Discourse in the 1960s, University of Toronto/ Canada, Spring Academy 2021
  • Ashley Reed, Outsider Theology: Doctrinal Debate in Fiction and Narrative Writing by Marginalized U.S. Authors, 1820-1870, UNC at Chapel Hill/USA
  • Dolores Resano, Of Heroes and Victims: Discourse, Politics and Identity in post-9/11 Fiction, University of Barcelona/Spain, Spring Academy 2014
  • Erhan Simsek, Changing Images of Business and Businessmen in American Fiction, 1880-1929, Heidelberg Center for American Studies [Universität Heidelberg], Spring Academy 2013
  • Héloise Thomas, Archive, Empire, Apocalypse: Figures and Ancieties of History in Contemporary North American Literature, Université Bordeaux Montaigne/ France, Spring Academy 2017
  • Adriano Tedde, Another America in the works of Paul Auster, Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, Spring Academy 2018
  • Katja Urbatsch, Representations of Money in the U.S. American Novel from the Perspective of the New Economic Criticism: From Gold Standard to Fiat Money, 1899-2003, Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen/ Germany, Spring Academy 2009
  • Marta Werbanowska, Voices from the Dark Room Collective: Post-Soul Aesthetic in the Poetry of Kevin Young, Natasha Tretheway and Thomas Sayers Ellis, University of Warsaw/Poland, Spring Academy 2014
  • Nawel Zbidi, Contemporary Arab-American Literature in the Ethnic Borderland: Cultural Intersections, Intercultural Dislocation and Identity Hybridization in the Works of Diana Abu Jaber, University of Arts and Humanities of Sousse/Tunisia, Spring Academy 2015
  • Thomas Howard, Pragmatic Ambiguities: Aphoristic Thinking in the American Nineteenth Century, Washington University in St. Louis/ USA, Spring Academy 2022
  • Hogar Najm Abdullah, African American Masculinities in Ann Petry‘s Oeuvre: An Intersectionality Perspective, University of Szeged/ Hungary, Spring Academy 2022
  • Fenja Heisig, Literature as Transnational Property: Francis Lieber and the Copyright Debate in the USA, Osnabrück University/ Germany, Spring Academy 2022
  • Angela Benkhadda, Native American Historical Fiction: Conflicting Epistemologies and Political Discourses, University of Bonn/ Germany, Spring Academy 2022
  • Daphne Orlandi, The Permanent Literature of the World: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Models of European and World Literature and Their Implications for a Globalized World, Sapienza-Università di Roma/ Italy, Spring Academy 2022
  • Özlem Atar, Justice in Trump Era Family Narratives of Irregular Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States, Queen`s University/ Canada, Spring Academy 2022


  • James Barber, Intercultural Exchange and Bricolage in New York City and the Case of the Jamaican Influence on Hip-Hop (1987-1995), University of Bern/ Switzerland, Spring Academy 2021
  • Dianne Violeta Mausfeld, ‘American Made with a Mexican Flow!’ Chicano Hip-Hop, Space, and Identity in Los Angeles, 1987-2001, University of Bern/ Switzerland, Spring Academy 2021
  • Ann Ostendorf, Sounding America: Identity and the Music Culture of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, 1800-1860, Marquette University/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • Christian O'Connell, Dreaming Up the Blues: Paul Oliver and the Nature of Transatlantic Blues Scholarship, University of Gloucestershire, Spring Academy 2012
  • Matthew Tchepikova-Treon, X-Rated Sound: Exploitation Cinema & One Hundred Years of 1972, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities/ USA, Spring Academy 2021
  • Masayoshi Yamada, Jazz, Fans, and the Construction of Race in the Civil Rights/Black Power Period, Doshisha University/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science/Japan, Spring Academy 2015
  • Mathilde Zagala, A History of ‚Secondary Rag‘ in Ragtime and Early Jazz (United States: 1870-1930), Sorbonne University/France, Spring Academy 2014

Performance Studies

  • Rasheeda Liman, Identity Reconstruction in African American Theatre: A Study of Selected Harlem Renaissance Plays, Ahmadu Bello University/Nigeria, Spring Academy 2014
  • Tiffany Noell, Confronting Convention: The Perils of Innovation in Contemporary Native American Women's Theatre, Arizona State University, (Theatre and Performance of the Americas), Spring Academy 2010

Political Science

  • Amandine Barb, Church/State Relations in the United States since the 1980s, Science Po Paris (CERI)/France, Spring Academy 2010
  • Alfred Cardone, The Neo-Populist Moment: The Direct Democratic Promise within the Tea Party and Occupy, King’s College/UK, Spring Academy 2014
  • Se Young Jang, Dealing with Allies’ Nuclear Ambitions: US Non-Proliferation Policy Towards Taiwan and South Korea, 1968-1981, Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies/Switzerland, Spring Academy 2013
  • Eva-Maria Kiefer, Is the U.S. Democracy Safe in Crisis? A New Assessment of Congressional Reaction to Threat Inflation due to Changed Paradigms After 9/11, Heidelberg University/ Germany, Spring Academy 2011
  • Sebastian Mayer, No More ‘Sticking to Sports’: Blac Athlete Activism and Its Political Consequences, University of Washington/ USA, Spring Academy 2021
  • Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr., An American Behemoth: Antinomies of Freedom and Security in Post-9/11 U.S. Foreign Policy, Freie Universität Berlin, Spring Academy 2012
  • Atef Said, From Extradition to Extraordinary Rendition: The Politics of U.S. Sovereignty Since the Nineteenth Century, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor/USA
  • Utku Sezgin, Remaking Nationhood: Assimilation, and Citizenship among College-Educated Second Generation Immigrants in New York and Berlin, University of New York/USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • Rasmus Sinding Sondergaard, Cooperation, Conflict, and Crisis: Congress, Reagan, and U.S. Human Rights Policy, University of Southern Denmark/Denmark, Spring Academy 2016
  • Derek William Vallès, Theory and Design of Deliberative Democracy, The London School of Economics & Political Science/UK, Spring Academy 2011
  • Bernd Volkert, Distant Relatives. American Neo-Conservatives and Their Relationship to German Intellectuals, Free University of Berlin/ Germany, Spring Academy 2009
  • Jeremy Williams, Between the Idea and the Reality: New Public Spaces in the United States, Freie Universität Berlin/Germany, Spring Academy 2018

Popular Culture

  • Loredana Bercuci, Transmedia Representations of Trauma in 21st-Century American Life Writing, West University of Timisoara/Romania, Spring Academy 2016
  • Sasha Garcia Corte, "Don't Ask Where I'm from, Ask Where I'm Local": Spatial Textuality in 21st-Century Afropolitan Narratives, University of Oviedo/ Spain, Spring Academy 2017
  • Harriet Earle, America through the Looking-Glass, Lost: Conflict and Traumatic Representation in American Comics since 1975, Keele University/UK, Spring Academy 2014
  • Ramzi Fawaz, Heroic Measures: Comic Book Superheroes, Popular Fantasy, and the Politics of American Visual Culture, 1954-2006, George-Washington-University/ USA, Spring Academy 2009
  • L. Sasha Gora, Going Native? The New Nordic Food Movement, Canadian Cuisine and the Reimagination of Indigenous Food Cultures, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017
  • Dragos Manea, Towards a Poetics of Historical Fantasy in 21st Century Television and Graphic Narratives, University of Bucharest/Romania, Spring Academy 2016
  • Carman Ng, War and Will: A Social Semiotic Study of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University/Hong Kong, Spring Academy 2015
  • Malgorzata Olsza, Discourse of the graphic novel: The relationship between the image and the word in contemporary American graphic novels, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan/Poland, Spring Academy 2016
  • Tatiana Prorokova, "Docu-Fictions of War: U.S. Interventionism in Film and Literature, 1990-.", Philipps-Universität Marburg/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017
  • Ranthild Salzer, Constructions and Negotiations on Masculinities in North-American Comics, University of Vienna/Austria, Spring Academy 2016
  • Eszter Szép, Representations of War, Violence, and Trauma in Twenty-First Century Graphic Narratives, Eötvös Loránd University/Hungary, Spring Academy 2014
  • Oscar Winberg, Business, Welfare, and Taxes: Conservatism, All in the Family, and Television in the 1970s, Åbo Akademi University/Finland, Spring Academy 2016


  • John Davy, Miniaturisation: A study of a material culture practice among the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, University College London/ UK, Spring Academy 2017
  • Aynur Erdogan, The Kaleidoscope of the East: Early America and the Orient, University of Freiburg/ Germany, Spring Academy 2017
  • Maria Margarita Gonzales Cardena, Urban Planning Criticism in the United States (1950-1970), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Paris, Spring Academy 2010
  • Laura Lopez-Sanders, Is Brown the New Black? Immigrant Incorporation in the Contemporary U.S. South, Stanford University/ USA, (Immigration and Ethnic Studies), Spring Academy 2009


  • Jennifer A. Callaghan, The Fall and Rise of Latin in the Long U.S. Catholic Liturgical Movement, Northwestern University/USA, Spring Academy 2016
  • Ryan Patrick Hoselton, America’s Exegetes: Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Spiritual Interpretation in Early American Evangelicalism, University of Heidelberg/Germany, Spring Academy 2016
  • Philippa Koch, Persistent Providence: Religion and Epidemics in Eighteenth-Century America, University of Chicago/USA, Spring Academy 2013
  • Hilde Løvdal, Defending Faith and Family: A Qualitative Historical Analysis of Focus on the Family's Message and Appeal to American Evangelicals, University of Oslo/ Norway, Spring Academy 2009
  • Olli Saukko, American Jewish Intellectuals and Culture Wars 2011-2016, University of Helsinki/ Finland, Spring Academy 2021
  • Venus Bender, Prayers and Protests: How Religion Shaped the Black Power Movement, Goethe University Frankfurt/ Germany, Spring Academy 2022
  • Cody Musselman, Spiritual Exercises: Fitness and Colloquial Religion, Yale University/ USA, Spring Academy 2022


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