Seminar für Englische Philologie

Prof. Dr. Andrew S. Gross


Professor of North American Studies



Research Interests


  • travel literature

  • representations of the Holocaust
  • American poetry (esp. in the 19th and 20th centuries)
  • lyric theory
  • the cultural Cold War
  • memory and trauma studies
  • literary history of liberalism




University Education and Degrees

2012Habilitation, Freie Universität Berlin (Lehrbefähigung und Lehrbefugnis für das Fach Amerikanistik)
2001 Ph.D., English with designated emphases in American literature and critical theory, University of California, Davis
1995 M.A., English, University of California, Davis
1993B.A., summa cum laude, double major in English and philosophy, University of Arizona



Academic Employment

Present Position:


  • Professor of North American Studies, Göttingen University



Past Positions:


  • Guest Professor in American literature, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Assistant Professor / wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin
  • Vertretungs-Professur for Heinz Ickstadt, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin
  • DAAD Gastdozent, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin
  • Fulbright guest lecturer, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin
  • Faculty Fellow at the University of California, Davis
  • Teaching Assistant in English at the University of California, Davis




Academic Awards, Grants, Honors

2014European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Rob Kroes Book Award for "The Pound Award: Liberalism and Lyricism in Midcentury American Literature."
2010Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien für den besten Artikel des Jahrgangs / German American Studies Association Award for the Best Article of the Year
2007-2008DFG Research Grant, Representations of the Holocaust in the 1990s
2004-2005Vertretung (for Prof. Heinz Ickstadt), FU Berlin
2003-2004DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) guest lecturer, FU Berlin
2002-2003 Fulbright guest lecturer, FU Berlin
2001-2004faculty fellow, UC Davis
2000dissertation fellowship, faculty of the humanities, UC Davis
2000, 1998, 1996Miller travel grants, UC Davis
1998-1999doctoral research grant, University of Düsseldorf
1997, 1996Miller Prizes for most outstanding graduate essay of the year, English, UC Davis
1997Instructional improvement grant to design "Representations of the Holocaust", UC Davis


Rufe / Listenplätze


  • Ruf auf Professur am Touro College Berlin: W2 Holocaustforschung-Ereignisse, Nachwirkungen, Kommunikation/Vermittlung des Holocaust (abgelehnt)
  • Professur, Universität Flensburg (Platz 3)



Peer Reviewing, Editing, Administration, and Service

since 2016Editor, American Studies Journal
since 2014 Series Editor, CEALS (Contributions to English and American Literary Studies), Peter Lang
since 2014 Associate Editor, European Journal of American Studies
2013-2014Peer Reviewer, American Academy Berlin
2012-2013Peer Reviewer, Dahlem Research Center, FU Berlin
2013Assisted in co-organizing the 60th Annual Convention of the GAAS/DGfA at Erlangen, 30 May to 2 June
2010Reviewer, Sage Journal of Memory Studies
2003-2010Annual presentation at the Fulbright Berlin Conference
2010Fulbright Seminar for the University of Kentucky (12 June)
2008Fulbright Selection Committee, Bonn
2007Fulbright Selection Committee, Bonn (17 January)
2006-2009Member, International Committee of the American Studies Association
2005-2007Academic Election Supervisor, FU Berlin
2005-2006; 2010Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Institute International Colloquium on American Literature and Culture
2005Fulbright selection committee, Fulbright Commission Berlin
2004International recruitment advisor for FU-BEST (Freie Universität Berlin European Studies)
2004International agreement of understanding between UC Davis and the FU Berlin in order to facilitate my summer course on Representations of the Holocaust in Berlin in 2004 and future collaborations
2003Fulbright selection committee, Freie Universität Berlin (July 8)
2001-2002Volunteer instructor, San Quentin Prison teaching project
1999-2001Campus unit chair, member of bylaw committee, member of collective bargaining team, AGSE/UAW (Association of Graduate Student Employees/ United Auto Workers) Local 2865
1999-2000Chair, GSHIP (Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan) Committee, UC Davis
1999-2000Member, Student Health Fee Advisory Committee, UC Davis
1997-1998Vice Chair, Graduate Student Association, UC Davis
1997-1998Member, Graduate Council (academic senate committee), UC Davis
1997-1998Member, University of California Student Regent Nominating Commission


Conference Organizing

2017Conference Co-Organizer, Cultures of US-American Conservatism, University of Göttingen, (Feb 9-12)
2016Conference Co-Organizer, Surveillance, Society, Culture, University of Göttingen, (February 26-28)
2013Assisted in co-organizing the 60th Annual Convention of the GAAS/DGfA at Erlangen, (30 May to 2 June)
2007Conference Co-organizer, Pathos of Authenticity, John F. Kennedy Institute (June)


International Study Abroad (Teaching and Administration)
2008, 2009, 2011Clark College, International Abroad Program
February-March 2005, 2006, 2007Honors International Abroad Program, in cooperation with Catholic University of America: Berlin Program for 30 advanced students
July-August 2004, July-August 2005University of California at Davis, Summer Sessions Abroad, in cooperation with the FU Berlin: Representations of the Holocaust
January-February 2004 University of California Education Abroad Program: Representations of the Holocaust
2003University of California Education Abroad Program: Representations of the Holocaust, Freie Universität Berlin International Summer University: Creative Writing



Professional Memberships


  • European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
  • German Association for American Studies (DGfA)
  • Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA)



Publications

Monographs and Co-Authored Books


  • Habilitationsschrift: The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Mid-Century American Literature. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015. The manuscript received the European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Rob Kroes Book Award for 2014 and was published in its laureate series. Review: Grzegorz Kosc, Polish Journal for American Studies 10 (2016): 231?33. Radu Vancu, American, British, Canadian Studies Journal 27.1 (Dec 2016): 150-56. "Brief Mention," American Literature 88.4: 871.
  • With Susanne Rohr, Comedy, Avant-Garde, Scandal: Remembering the Holocaust after the End of History (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010). Reviewed by Kornelia Freitag, Anglia 130:1 (April 2012). Click
    here. Also reviewed by Holli Levitsky, Polish Journal of American Studies 5 (2011): 193-96.
  • Dissertation: "The Changing Shape of the American Landscape: Travel, Corporate Expansion, and Consumer Culture, 1845-1945." Director: Michael Hoffman. Readers: David Van Leer, William Worthen, Georges van den Abbeele. Published in The Arizona Quarterly, Pacific Coast Philology, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, etc. Published dissertation chapters are marked with an asterisk (*) below in publication list (section "Articles and Chapters").



Edited Volumes and Journal Issues


  • With Ulla Haselstein and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (eds.). The Pathos of Authenticity (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010). (Reviewed by Paul Giles, The Journal of American Studies 44 [2010]: 804-05; Miles Orvell in Amerikastudien 56, 1 [2011]).
  • With MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (eds.). Trauma's Continuum: 9/11 After a Decade. A special issue of Amerikastudien/ American Studies 55.3 (2010).



Articles and Chapters


  • "American Innovations: A Conversation with Rivka Galchen and Joseph O'Neill" Knowledge Landscapes North America Eds. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, Sabine Silke.  Heidelberg:  Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016. 289-300.
  • "Poetry and Politics: Ezra Pound, Poetry Awards, and the Liberal Defense of Lyricism," Telos 170 (Spring 2015): 168-89.
  • "Pound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal Aesthetic" in The Art of Walking, eds. Klaus Benesch and François Specq (forthcoming).
  • "Commerce and Sentiment in Tales of Barbary Encounter: Cathcart, Barlow, Markoe, Tyler, and Rowson." The European Journal of American Studies 9.2 (Summer 2014). Click here.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Prophecy: The Book of Eli's Vision of a Forgotten Future" in The Western Film after 2000, eds. John Leo, Marek Paryz. (Palgrave, forthcoming).
  • "Goldwater's Phoenix: Individualism, Suburbia, and the Idyll of the Apocalypse" in Revisiting The Sixties: Interdisciplinary perspectives on America's Longest Decade, eds. Laura Bieger and Christian Lammert. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2013. 165-184.
  • Another version of this article will appear as "Goldwater in Phoenix: How Popular Conservatism Rose from the Ashes of an Unsuccessful Presidential Campaign" in Electoral Cultures, eds. Georgiana Banita and Sascha Pöhlman. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, forthcoming.
  • "What Chabon Remembers: Terrorism, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Nations without Borders" in Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U. S. American Culture, eds. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, Sabine Sielke. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. 289-302.
  • "Individualism, W. H. Auden's The Age of Anxiety, and the Group" in Transnational American Studies, ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012. 207-228.
  • "DEATH IS SO PERMANENT: DRIVE CAREFULLY. European Ruins and American Studies ca. 1948" in Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, eds. Winfried Fluck, Donald E. Pease, John Carlos Rowe, Winfried Fluck. Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College Press, 2011. 72-96.
  • "Lyricism and Liberalism, or Karl Shapiro's Elegy for Identity." Journal of Modern Literature 34.3 (Spring 2011): 1-30.
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, "Passions of Grief: Corporeality and Obscenity in the Early Representations of the Holocaust" in Projecting Words, Writing Images: Intersections of the Literary and the Visual in American Cultural Practice, eds. John Leo, Marek Paryz. (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). 209-234.
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, "Holocaust Pornography: Obscene Films and Other Narratives." Polish Journal for American Studies (Vol. 4, 2010). 75-93.
  • With co-authors Ulla Haselstein and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber, Introduction to The Pathos of Authenticity (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010). 9-31.
  • "It Might Have Happened Here: Real Anti-Semitism, Fake History, and Remembering the Present" in Amerikastudien/American Studies 55.3 (2010): 409-427. (Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien für den besten Artikel des Jahrgangs 2010/ German American Studies Association Best Article Award 2010).
  • With MaryAnn Snyder-Körber, "Trauma's Continuum -- September 11th Reconsidered." The introduction to Trauma's Continuum, a special issue of Amerikastudien/ American Studies 55.3 (2010): 369-384.
  • "'After Auschwitz': Adorno, Postmodernism, and the Anti-Aesthetic" in The Holocaust, Art, and Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation, ed. Sophia Komor, Susanne Rohr (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010). 205-225. (Volume reviewed by Julia Faisst for KULT-Humanities Universität Giessen 28 [2011].
  • "Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity, Lyricism, and John Berryman's Dreamsongs," in The Journal of Transnational American Studies 1:1 (Jan 2009). 1-31.
  • Another version of this article appears in The Pathos of Authenticity, eds. Ulla Haselstein, Mary-Ann Snyder-Körber, and Andrew Gross (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010). 199-219.
  • *"Imagining the Interstate: Henry Miller, Post-Tourism, and the Disappearance of American Place," in Public Spaces, eds. Miles Orvell and Jeffrey Meikle (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009): 407-434.
  • "Signs of Violence: Terrorism, Postmodernism, and the Nostalgia for Destruction," in the conference volume of the European Association for American Studies, Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States, edited by Antonis Balasopoulos, Gesa Mackenthun, and Theodora Tsimpouki, et al., Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2008. 131-148.
  • "Jean Améry's 'Torture': Towards a Definition of Genocide," Exterminating Narratives, ed. Timothy Libretti, University of Utah (forthcoming).
  • *"William James and Frederick Jackson Turner: Nature, Corporate Expansion, and the Consumption of Space," in Polish Journal for American Studies 3 (2009): 99-106.
  • "Prisoner's Body/ Prisoner's Dilemma: The Incarcerated Body in Recent and Contemporary Prison Literature," The Body as Interface, eds. Sabine Sielke and Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2007). 317-329.
  • "Counter-tourism in Jean Améry and W.G. Sebald," Representing the Unimaginable: Narratives of Disaster, eds. Angela Stock and Cornelia Stott (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007). 89-103.
  • "Holocaust Tourism in Berlin: Religion, Politics, and the Negative Sublime," Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 7:2 (2006). 73-100.
  • "Campus Union Coalitions and the Corporate University: Organizing at the University of California," Academic Collective Bargaining, eds. Ernst Benjamin and Michael Mauer (New York: The American Association of University Professors and the Modern Language Association, 2006). 332-348.
  • *"The American Guide Series: Patriotism as Brand-Name Identification," The Arizona Quarterly 62:1 (Spring 2006): 85-112.
  • *"Cars, Postcards, and Patriotism: Tourism and National Politics in the United States, 1893-1929," Pacific Coast Philology 40 (2005): 77-97.
  • *"The American Guide Series: Tourism, Consumerism, and Managing Space," The Poetics of America, eds. Agata Preis-Smith and Marek Paryz (Warsaw: U of Warsaw, 2004). 45-65.
  • "A Brief History of the Future: The Concept of the 'New' in American Culture and Politics," Die US-amerikanische Gesellschaft im Spiegel ihrer zeitgenössischen Literatur, Loccumer Protokolle 74/03, ed. Hans-Peter Burmeister (Evangelische Akademie Loccum, 2004). 131-142.
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, "Memory, Authority, and Identity: Holocaust Studies in Light of the Wilkomirski Debate," Biography 27.1 (Winter 2004), 25-47.
  • *"California Automobile Tourism and Consumer Culture in US Literature," as part of the university research series ZENAF Arbeits und Forschungsberichte (University of Frankfurt, 2003).
  • With co-author Ingrid Stapf, "9/11: Mass Media and Metaphors of Disaster," Medien und Terrorismus: Reaktionen auf den 11. September 2001, eds. Christian Schicha and Carsten Brosda (Münster: Lit. Verlag, 2002).
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, "Some Reflections on a Holocaust Imposter: Fragments and its Tortured History," Bad Subjects 61 (September 2002).
  • "Negotiating for the Family: Unions and the Graduate Student Workplace," Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 5.1 (October 2002).
  • *"Theodore Dreiser and Emily Post: Politics and Early Road Books," in Crossings: Travel, Art, Literature, Politics, ed. Rudolphus Teeuwen (Taipei: Bookman Books, 2001). 105-120.
  • With co-author Ingrid Stapf, "Wer das Wort hat, hat das Sagen: Die Hegemonie der Metapher und Reaktionen der US-Medien infolge des Terroranschlags am 11. September," Zeitschrift für Kommunikationsökologie 3.3 (2001): 42-44.
  • "Ulysses as Digestive Tract," in British Tradition: Its Appropriation/Subversion, ed. Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney, University of Lodz Press, 2000. 141-149.



Encyclopedia Entries


  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby (1925)." Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Ed. Timo Müller. Berlin: De Gruyter, 162-76.
  • "The Road Novel." The Encyclopaedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Vol. 2, Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. W. Blackwell Publishing, 2011. 799-804. Also available at: Blackwell Reference Online17 January 2011.
  • With Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney, Words About Eloquence: A Glossary of Basic Literary, Critical, and Cultural Terms, Moscow University: The Russian & British Cathedra, 1998.



Book Reviews


  • Versluys, Kristiaan. Out of the Blue. Reviewed for ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik/ A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 1.1 (2011): 100-102.
  • Hagen Schulz-Forberg. London-Berlin: Authenticity, Modernity, and the Metropolis in Urban Travel Writing from 1851 to 1939. Reviewed for Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 11.2 (Oct/Nov 2010). 107-110.
  • Katrin Pieper. Die Musealisierung des Holocaust: Das Jüdische Museum Berlin und das U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Europäische Geschichtsdarstellungen Band 9. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2006. Reviewed for H-Soz-u-Kult, May 2007




Translation, Journalism, Interviews, and Grant Writing


  • Interview with Andreas Beckmann for Deutschlandradio Kultur Feature zum Krieg gegen die Armut (broadcast 17.07.2014). Click here
  • Grant writer for the Exzellenzinitiative des JFKI Graduiertenschule 2007, 2012
  • Interview in Deutschland Radio Kultur, Fazit am AbendSpezial -- Barack Obamas Rede in Berlin (24 July 2008; Moderation: Marie Sagenschneider)
  • Interview with Mary Ann Snyder-Körber in Fundiert (FU Berlin, 4 December 2007)
  • "Teaching American Studies Abroad," The Fulbright Funnel 42 (Winter 2005)
  • Interview in Berlin: Das Magazin aus der Hauptstadt (December 2004), 7
  • Article on Senior Scholar Program, German Fulbright Commission Report, 2002-2003
  • Grant writer for the UC Davis-Woodland School Partnership Program, 2000-2001
  • Developmental editor, University of Düsseldorf's Handbook for Visiting Academics, 1999
  • Translation Consultant for Christine Raguet-Bouvart's French edition of Henry James's Notes of a Son and Brother (Carnet de famille, Rivages: 1996)
  • Foreign correspondent (from Bordeaux, France) for The California Aggie, 1995-1996




Academic Conferences, Presentations, Panel Chairs


  • "Pastoral Conservatism and the Liberal Aesthetic," presented to the Cultures of US-American Conservatism conference, University of Göttingen, 12 February 2017
  • "Liberal Cosmopolitanism:  Free Trade, the Marketplace of Ideas, and  Emerson's Relation to Germany," presented to the Cosmopolitanism Ringvorlesung, University of Potsdam, 10 Nov. 2016
  • Antrittsvorlesung, "Debt, Innovation, and the Aesthetic of Austerity," Aula, Universität Göttingen, 19 October 2016
  • "The Encumbrance of the New: Debt, Innovation, and the Aesthetics of Austerity," presented to the symposium ?The Aesthetics of the New,? John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, 28-29 October, 2016
  • Interview/Introduction Deborah Feldman at Literarisches Zentrum, Göttingen, Nov. 8, 2016
  • Interview/Introduction Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, with Babette Tischleder, at Literarisches Zentrum, Göttingen, Oct. 25, 2016
  • "Black Box," Surveillance, Society, Culture, University of Göttingen, 26-28 Feb, 2016
  • Introduction/Moderation: Gary Shteyngart's reading from his memoir Little Failure, at the Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen, 30. Sep. 2015.
  • Interview with/ Introduction to the readings of authors Rivka Galchen and Joseph O'Neill, at the DGfA annual convention in Bonn, 29-31 May, 2015.
  • Invited Keynote at the conference Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holocaust in a Global Age, University of Hamburg, 9-11 October, 2014.
  • Panel chair with Karin Höpker: "Scrap, Spam, Bit Rot: the Politics and Poetics of Digital Detritus," at the DGfA annual convention in Würzburg, 12-15 June 2014.
  • "Joel Barlow and James Leander Cathcart: Barbary Captivity and Waging War for Peace." Presented to the biennial convention of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS), The Hague, 3-6 April, 2014.
  • "Detective Fiction, Counterfactuals, and the Holocaust: Altering History for Memory's Sake." Presented at Touro College Berlin, 25 October 2013.
  • "Pound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal Aesthetic," presented to The Art of Walking: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts from the 18th Century to the 21st, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 9-11 October 2013.
  • Panel Chair: "Conservative Pastoralism and the Provincial Ideal in the Cold War," at the DGfA annual convention in Erlangen, 30 May to 2 June 2013. My own paper was called, "Conservative Pastoralism and the Liberal Aesthetic."
  • "Commerce and Conversion: The Clash of Civilizations in Barbary Captivity Narratives." Presented to the American literature colloquium at FAU Erlangen, 5 February 2013.
  • "Literature of the Barbary Wars: Commerce, Piety, and the Apostasy of Race." Presented to the Amerika-Institut of the LMU München, 17 January 2012.
  • "Idylls of the Apocalypse: Goldwater and the Conservative Revolution of the 1960s." Presented to the Ringvorlesung The Sixties -- America's Longest Decade, at the John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin, 12 December 2012.
  • "Goldwater in Phoenix: How Popular Conservatism Rose from the Ashes of an Unsuccessful Presidential Campaign." Presented at the conference Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice, held at the Amerika Haus Munich, 1-4 November 2012.
  • "Post-War American Poetry." Invited lecture, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 5 July 2012.
  • Panel Chair, American Lives, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, 31 May-3 June 2012: "Faking It: The End of History and the Rise of Memory, Identity, and Personality." Paper delivered: "Conservatism and the Populist Self: Chambers, Nixon, Wills."
  • Panel Chair, Annual Graduate Conference, John F. Kennedy Institute Berlin, 11 May 2012.
  • Introduction and discussion with Karen Russell, writer-in-residence at the American Academy in Berlin, 23 February 2012.
  • "The Yiddish Policemen's Union and 9/11." U.S. State Department Sponsored Guest Lecture, Universität Saarbrücken. 12 January 2012.
  • "Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union: Violence, Detection, and the Politics of Memory after 9/11." Delivered to the John F. Kennedy Institute Lecture Series: 9/11 and its Consequences. 16 November 2011.
  • "Auden's Sense of History," keynote address delivered to the conference Literary Dimensions: Reading Time and Space, at the Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, 22-24 September 2011.
  • "What Chabon Remembers: Terrorism, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Jews without Ethnicity," delivered as part of the conference 9/11 -- Ten years Later, Looking Ahead, at the North American Studies Program, University of Bonn, 8-11 September 2011.
  • Respondent, "Representations of the Holocaust in a Transnational Context," MLA Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, 6-9 January, 2011.
  • "The Sin Prior to Lowell's Confession: Poetry Leading to Life Studies, delivered to the English and American literature department of the Universität Paderborn, 8 December 2010.
  • "Feast and Famine in Early Accounts of Thanksgiving," delivered to the International Club of the Freie Universität Berlin, FU Clubhouse, 24 November 2010.
  • Introduction/Moderation, a reading by the American author Lev Raphael, sponsored by the US Embassy at the Jewish Museum Berlin, 3 November, 2010.
  • Panel Chair, Young Americans in Literature of the Early Republic. The European Association of American Studies, Dublin, 26-29 March, 2010.
  • "Youth and the Young Nation in Thomas Paine," presented to the European Association of American Studies, Dublin, 26-29 March, 2010.
  • Panel Chair, The World is Not Enough: International Scholarship in the Field of American Studies, at the American Studies Association, Washington DC, 5-8 November, 2009.
  • Panel Chair, "Literary Negotiations of Change," at the Conference of the Second Cohort of the Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, 10-11 July, 2009.
  • "Prose Poems and Line Breaks: Some Limits of Verse in Modern Prosody," presented to Conceptual Writing and Its Environs -- New Strategies in American Poetry, Berlin, 1 May 2009.
  • "'DEATH IS SO PERMANENT. DRIVE CAREFULLY': European Ruins and American Studies ca. 1948," presented to the literature-culture colloquium of the John F. Kennedy Institute, 30 April 2009.
  • "It Can Happen Here: Real Anti-Semitism, Fake History, and Jewish American Memory," presented to the International Workshop on Counterfactual Thinking, Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 28-29 November 2008.
  • "The Western Frontier as Metaphor for Cold War Cultural Politics," presented to the American Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, 16-19 October 2008.
  • "War, Pound, and the Limits of Liberalism: The Case of Karl Shapiro," presented to the Trans-Coop conference on Transatlantic American Studies, University Potsdam/ FU Berlin/ Humboldt University, 9-11 October, 2008.
  • Chair of opening panel, The Holocaust, Art, and Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation, Universität Hamburg, 26-28 June, 2008. Panelists included Anna Adam, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Heinz Ickstadt, Norman Kleeblatt, and Dani Levy. Also chaired session panel.
  • Introduction of Sandra Gilbert, Fraenkel Lecture, John F. Kennedy Institute, 4 June 2008.
  • Co-Chair with Catrin Gersdorf of the conference panel, Poetry and Politics, at the German American Studies Association (DGfA), Heidelberg, 15-18 May 2008.
  • "Personification in the Poetry and Politics of Ezra Pound," presented to the German American Studies Association (DGfA), Heidelberg, 15-18 May 2008.
  • Introduction of Kenneth Gross, American Academy Berlin, 29 April 2008.
  • "It Can Happen Here: Real Anti-Semitism, Fake History, and American Jewish Memory in Philip Roth's The Plot Against America," presented to the symposium Literatur macht Politik, Universität Bonn/ Haus der Sprache und Literatur, 27 November 2007.
  • "Imaginary Jews and True Confessions in the Poetry of John Berryman," presented as part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series of the Humboldt Universität, 20 November 2007.
  • "States, Statelessness, and the National Sublime in the Life and Writing of Thomas Paine," presented to the American Studies Association, Philadelphia, Penn, 11-14 October 2007.
  • "Remembering, Visiting, Belonging: Rituals of Holocaust Remembrance and Sites of Trans-National Citizenship in the New Europe," presented at the conference Belonging in the New Europe, at the University of Edinburgh, 13-14 September 2007.
  • "Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity and Non-Conformity in Post-War Modernism," presented at the conference entitled Pathos of Authenticity: American Passions of the Real at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, FU Berlin, 21-24 June, 2007. I was also one of the organizers of this conference.
  • "Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity and Non-Conformity in the Poetry of John Berryman" and "Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Post-World War II Travel Narratives: Henry Miller and His Followers," both presented by special invitation to the University of Lodz, Poland, Institute of American Studies, 29 May 2007.
  • "Automobile Tourism: Freedom on the Road as Advertising Technique," presented to Schwarzmarkt für nützliches Wissen und Nicht-Wissen: American Close Ups in 440 Dialogues, an Installation with 150 Experts by Hanna Hurtzig, 17-18 November 2006.
  • "The Roadside Colossus Revisited: Public Space and Monumentality in the Age of the Interstate," presented to the conference Public Spaces and the Ideology of Place in American Culture, sponsored by the Bavarian American Academy, Munich, 10 November 2006.
  • Panel chair, Questions of Travel: American Americanists at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, a roundtable discussion with Jules Chametzky, Paul Lauter, Richard Pells and Ulla Haselstein, held at the annual conference of the American Studies Association, Oakland, October 12 to 15, 2006.
  • "'Death Is So Permanent. Drive Carefully': A Roadmap of Americanization in Post-War Europe," presented to the conference America Without Borders at the University of Southern California, October 6-7, 2006.
  • "Signs of Violence: Terrorism, Postmodernism, and the Nostalgia for Destruction," presented to the Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Cyprus, April 7 to 10, 2006.
  • "Terrorism and American Literature," presented to ExpoLingua Berlin, 18. Internationale Messe für Sprachen und Kulturen, 18-20 November 2005.
  • "Daniel Libeskind's WTC Project: Architecture, (Inter)nationalism and the Space of moral Consensus," presented to the Annual Conference of the American Studies Association, Washington D.C., November 3 to 6, 2005.
  • "'After Auschwitz': Adorno, the Holocaust, and the Anti-Aesthetic in American Universities," delivered to the Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Frankfurt am Main, May 19 to 22, 2005.
  • "Patriotism as Brand-Name Identification," and "Terrorism and American Literature," both presented at the teacher-training conference, Aspects of American Contemporary Society, Eisenach, April 7-9, 2005.
  • "Terrorism and American Literature," presented at the Amerika Haus Berlin on Feb. 11, 2005; the Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Centrum Stuttgart, Jan. 26, 2005; the Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Institut Tübingen, Jan. 27, 2005.
  • "'A Circle within a Circle within a Circle': Jeanette Lander's Jewish-American-German Novels and the Globalization of Memory," to the annual convention of the MLA, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 26-29, 2004.
  • Panelist, Post-Election Analysis, for the Deutsches Institut für Public Affairs, Potsdam, Nov. 25, 2004.
  • Panel chair, History and Memory: Representations of the Holocaust in Film and Literature, to the annual convention of the SAMLA, Roanoke Virginia, Nov. 12-14, 2004.
  • "The Limits of Historical Representation and the Language of Trauma: The Pawnbroker as Novel and Film," to the annual convention of the PAMLA, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 5-7, 2004.
  • "Cars, Postcards, and the American West: Tourism and Patriotism, 1893-1929," to the annual convention of the PAMLA, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 5-7, 2004.
  • "Representation and Mourning in the Architecture of Daniel Libeskind," as part of the summer lecture series of the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, June 10, 2004.
  • "Daniel Libeskind's WTC Project: Architecture, (Inter)nationalism, and the Politics of Moral Consensus," to the biannual conference of the European Association of American Studies Conference, Prague, May 2004.
  • "Cars, Postcards, and Patriotism: Tourism and National Politics in the United States, 1893-1929," to the Fin de Siècle Interdisciplinary Seminar Series at Oxford University, Oxford, Jan. 29, 2003.
  • "Jean Amery's 'Torture': Towards a Definition of Genocide," to the annual convention of the MLA, San Diego, CA, Dec. 27-30, 2003.
  • "Jewish Diaspora, German Exile, and the Legacy of the Holocaust: Jean Améry and W.G. Sebald," to the annual convention of the MLA, San Diego, CA, Dec. 27-30, 2003.
  • "Disaster and the Negative Sublime: The Holocaust as Moral Baseline in the Philosophy of Berel Lang," as guest lecturer at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Dec. 9, 2003.
  • "A Brief History of the Future: The Concept of the 'New' in American Culture and Politics," delivered as part of the lecture series Die US-amerikanische Gesellschaft im Spiegel ihrer zeitgenössischen Literatur at the Evangelische Akademie Loccum, Germany, Dec. 5-7, 2003.
  • Moderator for panel on Representations of the Holocaust in Germany and the United States, with participating authors Maxim Biller, Tanja Dückers, Thane Rosenbaum, and Rebecca Goldstein, as part of the lecture series on Remembering the Holocaust at the Brecht-Haus, Berlin, Dec. 1, 2003.
  • "Recent American Views and Images of Germany and Europe," as part of the annual lecture series Fortbildungsseminar für Lehrer, Mitarbeiter in der Erwachsenenbildung und interessierte Buerger/Innen aus Hessen, Nov. 20-22, 2003.
  • "William James and Frederick Jackson Turner: Nature, Corporate Expansion, and the Consumption of Space," presented to the annual conference of the Polish Association for American Studies, Poznan, October 19-21, 2003.
  • "Prisoner's Body/ Prisoner's Dilemma," delivered as a keynote lecture to the interdisciplinary conference The Body as Interface: Dialogues Between the Disciplines, at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, June 26-28, 2003.
  • Conference organizer, On the Road: International Student Conference on American Travel Literature, at the University of Warsaw, Poland, June 6-8, 2003.
  • "Counter-tourism in Jean Améry and W.G. Sebald," presented as part of the International Interdisciplinary Conference at the English Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, May 23-25, 2003.
  • "Trauma Theory and Museum Design: Washington DC and Berlin," the keynote address at Signposts, a conference on travel literature at the Catholic University, Washington D.C., April 5, 2003.
  • "The Contemporary Berlin Cityscape and Ruin Theories of Value," special lecture to the German Department at the Catholic University, Washington D.C., April 4, 2003.
  • "Narratives of Disaster: Memory, History, and Tourism at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Museum, Berlin," delivered at the conference Black-Jewish Relations: Dialogues and Dissonances, at the University of Bonn, Feb. 13-15, 2003.
  • "Memory, History, and Tourism at the U.S. Holocaust Memo¬rial Museum and the Jewish Museum, Berlin," as part of the John F. Kennedy Institute Lecture Series, Freie Universität Berlin, Dec. 12, 2002.
  • "California Automobile Tourism and Consumer Culture in U.S. Literature," delivered to the annual lecture series Fortbildungsseminar für Lehrer, Mitarbeiter in der Erwachsenenbildung und interessierte Buerger/Innen aus Hessen, Nov. 21-23, 2002.
  • "Counter-monuments and Counter-tourism: Memory, Narrative, and Displacement in Ruth Kluger and W. G. Sebald," delivered to the annual conference of the SAMLA, Nov. 15-17, 2002.
  • "Campus Union Coalitions," delivered to the annual convention of the MLA, Dec. 27-29, 2001.
  • "Autobiography as Testimony: The Strange Case of Binjamin Wilkomirksi," delivered to the annual conference of the PAMLA, Nov. 9-11, 2001.
  • "Land of Extremes. Land of Contrasts. Land of Surprises: The Arizona Guide, Tourism, and the Geography of Consumption," delivered to the annual conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, March 7-10, 2001.
  • "Negotiating for the Family: Unions and the Graduate Student Workplace," delivered to the annual convention of the MLA, Dec. 27-29, 2000.
  • "Emily Post and Sinclair Lewis: Women, Driving, and the Birth of the Female Consumer," delivered to the annual conference of the M/MLA, Nov. 2-4, 2000.
  • "Movement, Identity, and the Incorporation of the Environment: William James and Frederick Jackson Turner," delivered to the annual conference of the PAMLA, Nov. 10-12, 2000.
  • "Theodore Dreiser and Emily Post: Politics and Early Road Books," as part of Beyond Borders II, an international conference on art, literature and travel, at the National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 27-28, 2000.
  • "Henry James and the Specter of Immigration," as part of the University of Lodz visiting scholar lecture series, spring 1999.
  • "The Ghost Stories of Henry James," as part of the UC Davis Summer Faculty Lecture Series, 1999.
  • "William James and American Imperialism," delivered to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium, University of California, Davis, spring 1998.
  • "Ulysses as Digestive Tract," presented to The British Tradition and its Subversion/Appropriation, a conference at the University of Lodz, Poland, Sept. 24-26, 1998.
  • "Bodies in Motion: Travel and Food in M. F. K. Fisher," presented to Gender, Bodies, Borders, a conference at the University of Michigan, Fall 1997.




Teaching Experience

Current Courses

Georg-August University Göttingen, Summer Semester 2017:


  • A Cultural History of American Literature IV
  • Refugee Narratives: Flight and Migration in Recent and Contemporary US-American Literature (Hauptseminar)
  • Writing Wrongs: Violence and Renewal in the Twentieth-Century American Novel (Proseminar)
  • BA/MA colloquium
  • Forschungskolloquium North American Studies



Past Courses

Georg-August University Göttingen


  • A Cultural History of American Literature III (WiSe 16/17)
  • Henry James (Hauptseminar, WiSe 16/17)
  • BA/MA colloquium (WiSe 16/17)
  • Forschungskolloquium North American Studies (WiSe 16/17)
  • A Cultural History of American Literature II (SoSe 16)
  • Sentimentalism and the Economy of Feeling (Hauptseminar) (SoSe 16)
  • Analogues of the Digital: Literary Representations of the Post-Literate Age (Proseminar) (SoSe 16)
  • BA/MA colloquium (SoSe 16)
  • Forschungskolloquium North American Studies (SoSe16)
  • A Cultural History of American Literature I (WiSe 15/16)
  • Transcendentalism (Hauptseminar) (WiSe 15/16)
  • Representation and Reputation: James, Dreiser, Johnson, Wharton, Fitzgerald (Proseminar) (WiSe 15/16)
  • BA/MA colloquium (WiSe 15/16)
  • Forschungskolloquium North American Studies (WiSe 15/16)
  • A Cultural History of American Literature IV: From 1945 to the Present (SoSe 15)
  • Reading Group: A Cultural History of American Literature IV (SoSe 15)
  • Clash of Civilizations in the Early Republic (Hauptseminar) (SoSe 15)
  • William Faulkner (Proseminar) (SoSe 15)
  • Introduction to 20thCentury American Poetry (Proseminar) (SoSe 15)



Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Gastprofessor, Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, winter semester 2012 -- winter semester 2015:


  • Gender and Genre: Novels by Women Writers of Short Stories: Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Grace Paley (BA, MA, Lehramt; SoSe 2014)
  • Whitman and Dickinson (BA, MA, Lehramt; SoSe 2014)
  • American Renaissance (BA, MA, Lehramt; WS 2013-14)
  • 19th Century Literary and Cultural History of the US (Vorlesung/ Lecture; SoSe 2013)
  • Modernism and Confessional Poetry (BA, MA, Lehramt; SoSe 2013)
  • Banned Books: Censorship and American Culture (BA, MA, Lehramt; WS 2012-13)
  • The Clash of Civilizations in the Early Republic: Representations of the Barbary Wars (BA, MA, Lehramt; WS 2012-13)
  • Doctoral Research Colloquium (co-taught with Prof. Dr. Antje Kley; every semester)



The John F. Kennedy-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin, as Fulbright lecturer, as DAAD guest lecturer, guest professor, and assistant professor of American literature, 2002-2012:


  • Six Decades of American Studies (MA interdisciplinary; SoSe 2012)
  • The Literary South (BA; SoSe 2012)
  • Strangers in the Land: Puritans (MA; WS 2011-12)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (BA; WS 2011-12)
  • Clash of Civilizations in the Early Republic: Barbary Captivity Narratives (MA; SoSe 2011)
  • Literature and Conservatism (MA; SoSe 2011)
  • Intoxication, Overindulgence, and Abstinence: Food and Drink in American Literature and History (MA interdisciplinary; WS 2010-11)
  • Gender and Genre: Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Grace Paley (MA; SoSe 2010)
  • Cultural Criticism of the 1950s (MA; SoSe 2010)
  • War and Modern Memory: History, Literature, and the Sense of the Past (MA interdisciplinary; SoSe 2009)
  • Literary Theory (MA; WS 2002-03; WS 2008-09)
  • Lyricism and Liberalism: Mid-Century American Poetry (MA; WS 2008-09)
  • James Fenimore Cooper and Mark Twain (MA; SoSe 2008)
  • Recent and Contemporary Jewish American Fiction (MA; SoSe 2008)
  • Confessional Poetry (MA; WS 2006-07)
  • Thomas Paine (MA; WS 2006-07)
  • Cultural Criticism and Cultural Diplomacy: the History of American Studies (Hauptseminar interdisciplinary; SoSe 2006)
  • Film in Literature: the Hollywood Novel (MA; SoSe 2006)
  • Banned Books: Censorship and the Novel (Proseminar; WS 2005-06)
  • Nostalgia for the Present: Contemporary American Fiction (Hauptseminar; SoSe 2005)
  • Modernisms and Masculinities (Proseminar; SoSe 2005)
  • Literature and Terrorism (Hauptseminar; WS 2004-05)
  • William Faulkner (Proseminar; WS 2004-05)
  • Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery (Hauptseminar; WS 2004-05)
  • Understanding North America, a historical survey of American literature, culture, and history; in cooperation with those departments (interdisciplinary Grundkurs/ BA lecture: WS 2003-04 [two sections], WS 2004-05, WS 2005-06, SoSe 2009, WS 2010-11)
  • Native American Literature (Proseminar; WS 2003-04)
  • Whitman and Dickinson (Proseminar; WS 2003-04)
  • Representations of the Holocaust in the United States (Proseminar; WS 2002-03)
  • Literary Theory (Proseminar; WS 2002-03)
  • Recent and Contemporary Prison Literature in the United States (Proseminar; SoSe 2003)
  • The Changing Shape of the American Landscape: Automobile Tourism and Consumer Culture (Proseminar; SoSe 2003)



English Department, University of California at Davis, Faculty Fellow, 2001-2004:


  • Introduction to Literary Theory (upper division, two quarters)
  • Advanced Composition (upper division, four quarters)



English Department, University of California at Davis, Graduate Student Instructor, 1993-2001:


  • Advanced Composition (upper division, three quarters)
  • Introduction to Literature (eight quarters)
  • Expository Writing (four quarters)
  • Literature of the Holocaust (teaching assistant, one quarter)
  • American Novel: 1800 to 1899 (teaching assistant, one quarter)



San Quentin Prison Teaching Project, Volunteer Lecturer, 2001-2002:


  • Advanced Composition and Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Literature (Both of these courses were taught to inmates working towards AA degrees.)



Université de Bordeaux III, Michel de Montagne, Lecturer in English, 1995-96:


  • English Language and Culture (five sections)