Professional Paths

Our Alumni contribute essentially to the visibility of American Studies Leipzig beyond the University. They have careers in a wide range of fields and areas - from local cultural institutions, to public relations work in national and international organizations and firms. While some of them work successfully outside academia, others continue their academic careers at universities throughout Europe or the US. Their diverse occupations reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the American Studies program in Leipzig, and their communication and analytical skills testify to the quality and adaptability of our graduates to various professional areas.

Below you can find out what some American Studies Alumni from Leipzig are doing today and how their studies have influenced their careers. This page will be updated regularly and more alumni/alumna will be added.

Sina Meißgeier – PhD Candidate enrolled in the international PhD Program Transcultural German Studies (Leipzig & Arizona)

Sina Meißgeier finished her MA in German Studies at Leipzig University in September of 2016. She then continued on the academic path and became a PhD candidate in the Transcultural German Studies Program which is a collaboration between Leipzig University and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her dissertation focuses on women's literature from the KZ Ravensbrück. During her studies, Sina completed an Erasmus semester at King’s College in Cambridge and held a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In the past years, she has also done freelance work for MDR Sachsen in Dresden and Leipzig and MDR Kultur in Halle (Saale) as well as for the student radio station Mephisto 97.6.


Anne-Kristin Steichele – Marketing Manager at Ernst & Young (E&Y)

Anne-Kristin Steichele graduated from Leipzig University with a Master’s degree in American studies in 2003. Her Master thesis focused on the work of alumni associations in Germany and the US. She started working as the marketing communicator at Rödl & Partner, an international accounting firm. Since 2006 Anne-Kristin has been working as marketing manager at Ernst & Young, one of the four highest-selling accounting firms in the world. One of her projects there includes the organization and implementation of the E&Y Award “Entrepreneur of the Year”, awarded each year to the most successful German business. Additionally, Anne-Kristin is Ernst & Young’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) coordinator for Bavaria and has volunteered in several different organizations to promote social responsibility.