ASL to Welcome Prof. Katja Kanzler as New Professor for American Literature

American Studies Leipzig is excited to announce that Professor Dr. Katja Kanzler has accepted Leipzig University’s offer to join ASL as the new professor for American Literature starting in August.

Prof. Kanzler, who received her doctoral degree and her Habilitation in Leipzig, currently holds the Chair for North American Literature at TU Dresden. There she has built a profile around the poetics and politics of literature, especially of popular literature and culture, and of the politics of narrativity and textuality, more broadly understood. While she has worked extensively on nineteenth-century literature and culture, her more recent work focuses on contemporary TV shows, on spectacle, and on the invective mode in contemporary US culture. With an excellent reputation in research and teaching, she will further raise ASL’s profile in Germany and beyond.

Until 2015, Leipzig’s Chair for American Literature was held by Prof. Anne Koenen, who had initiated the founding of American Studies Leipzig as an independent institute in 1994, thus laying the groundwork for the institute’s current national and international standing. Prof. Kanzler’s arrival for the winter term of 2018/19 will mark the successful termination of a three-year process of identifying the best possible successor from an unusually large pool of applicants.

Until August, interim Professor Carsten Junker will continue to teach and advise ASL students. We will provide more information on the upcoming transition over the course of the summer semester.