ASL Welcomes Olaf Stieglitz as New Professor for American Cultural History

American Studies Leipzig is delighted to announce that Olaf Stieglitz has assumed the position of Professor for American Cultural History at the institute. During the past five semesters, he had already been teaching as a visiting professor, but starting this July, he will be permanently teaching and researching at Leipzig University as the successor to Prof. Crister S. Garrett.

Olaf Stieglitz received his PhD from the University of Hamburg by writing a gender history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, while his habilitation, written at the University of Cologne, analyzed the cultural relevance of denunciations in American history. Before coming to Leipzig, he taught North American Cultural History at the Universities of Cologne, Münster, Erfurt, Hamburg, Bremen, and at the Free University of Berlin; he also spent one academic year at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

His teaching and researching activities cover a wide range of topics and interests in US social and cultural history, but he is a particular expert in gender history and the history of the body, sports history as cultural history, visual studies (film and photography), and political cultures of loyalty. He is currently working on a project named ‘Modernity in Motion – Visualizing Athletic Bodies, 1890s to 1930s.’

The faculty and staff at ASL very much look forward to continuing to work with Olaf Stieglitz in the future. For information on his upcoming classes in the winter term and any other kinds of activities, please keep checking back.