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 Carlo Becker 

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I grew up in a rural area near Naumburg (Saale) in southern Saxony Anhalt. Thus, for the longest time, I was exposed to “America” almost exclusively via television and music until, after graduating from high school in 2007, I stumbled upon Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Somehow, the book unearthed my latent desire to learn more about the history, culture, and literature of the USA, but also about its landscapes, its people, and their diverse motivations to be who they are. Alas, when I found I could seriously study all of that, I had already started a job training to become an administrative assistant at the municipality of Naumburg. So I bode my time patiently until I got my certificate in 2010, completed a (then still compulsory) civil service at Leipzig’s university hospital, and in 2011, I finally started studying American studies.

Since then, I’ve been a representative in the Student Council for British and American Studies (Fachschaftsrat), and I participated in the Fulbright American Studies Summer Session at the HU Berlin in 2013. In 2014, I took part in the institute's BA+ program which allowed me to study one semester at Ohio University and complete an editorial internship at the North American Review. After returning, I wrote my BA thesis on ecologically informed notions of identity in Terry Tempest Williams's Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. As I wish to further explore ideas of nature and wilderness during my MA studies, I have situated my research within the fields of ecocriticism as well as environmental history and literature. Intent on expanding this focus area, I spent the winter semester 2016/17 at the University of Arizona (Tucson) to take classes in political ecology, geography, and environmental writing. I am currently completing my MA studies back at ASL.

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