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Deutschlandfunk Interviews American Studies about U.S. Midterm Elections

Deutschlandfunk, one of Germany's premier public radio stations, interviewed American Studies on election day about the U.S. Midterm Elections and what they could signify about the Obama administration and the course of the country.

Reporter Sandra Schutz asked Professor Crister S. Garrett if President Obama is a "tragic figure". He responded that tragedy is hard to define in this context, but American politics is simply very competitive, a presidential system where a majority in the legislature, the Congress, is never a given.


DAAD Awards Doctoral Research Grant to Anja Eifert

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded a short-term research grant to PhD candidate and assistant lecturer Anja Eifert.

The DAAD research grant honors academic excellence and original research by providing promising doctoral candidates with an opportunity to conduct field study abroad.


Prof. Garrett's Office Hours Cancelled Today (Wednesday, Nov. 5)

Prof. Garrett has had to cancel his office hours for Weds., Nov. 5, due to last-minute developments. Sorry for the inconvenience.

He will hold office hours again on Weds., Nov. 12, from 3:00-4:30 PM. The office hours need to be shortened by thirty minutes due to a panel on which he is participating during Tag der Lehre on November 12.


Prof. Chandler (San Diego) Ventured a Prognosis of Tonight's Mid-Terms

Professor William Chandler from the University of California in San Diego gave a very well attended talk on the eve of the mid-term election in the US.

Around 70 guests gathered at the Albertina Lecture Hall on November 3rd to listen to the internationally-known political scientist's prognosis for the national elections that include a third of all US Senators, the entire House of Representatives, and some 36 governors.


SHP I Make Up Exam

Dear students,

The make up exam for last semester's SHP I module will take place on

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 5-7 pm.

Room: GWZ 2.516


CPD Awards Inaugural Dissertation Grant to Anja Eifert

The University of Southern California's Center for Public Diplomacy has awarded this year's CPD Doctoral Dissertation Grant to PhD candidate and assistant lecturer Anja Eifert.

Launched in 2014, the CPD Dissertation Grants are intended to recognize and support the work of emerging scholars from around the world engaged in cutting-edge research on public diplomacy.


Robert Zwarg Explored the Afterlife of Critical Theory in America

On Monday, 7 July 2014, about 20 guests gathered to listen to a lecture by
Robert Zwarg on the Afterlife of Critical Theory in America.

Mr. Zwarg started his talk with a piece from the Vice Magazine, which
illustrated how in an American context, the term critical theory lumps
together any theory or philosophy from the early 20th century on.

His talk then tried to disentangle the complexity of the issue by first
illustrating the distinct theoretical basis of the Critical Theory (i.e.,


Prof. Michel Gueldry Discusses Transatlantic Differencees

On Wednesday, 2 July 2014, Prof. Michel Gueldry from the Monterey Institute of International Studies gave a lecture on transatlantic relations and difference between the United States and Europe.

In a lively and interesting talk, Prof. Gueldry sought to determine main transatlantic differences while both sides have the same philosophical and cultural foundation.


Prof. Garrett Office Hours Cancelled for Tuesday, July 8.

Due to the Executive Board Meeting for the Picador Professorship, Prof. Garrett will not be able to hold office hours on Tuesday, July 8. He will hold office hours at the regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, July 15.


Reduced Office Hours for Prof. Garrett on Tuesday, June 17

Dear Students: Prof. Garrett will be holding a lecture for a visiting delegation of twenty American professors and senior university administrators until shortly before 4 pm on Tuesday, June 17.

Thus office hours will be reduced to 4-5 pm. Thank you for your understanding.

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