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.


Nadezda Fleckenstein (née Panchenko, MA 2013) – currently works in a state institution in the field of international affairs

“After finishing my American Studies MA in 2013, I started working in the area of international academic exchange. I still benefit from the boost to my English and teamwork skills I gained at ASL. I also liked it how the MA-Program had a goal-oriented and well-organized curriculum, but still maintained a dynamic and creative atmosphere, almost like a start-up. All the hands-on-experience we were able to gather during the practical modules such as iCAN was invaluable. I also greatly appreciated the incredible level of commitment the ASL staff showed towards their areas of research and how inspiring it was to participate in their seminar discussions and to work on seminar papers.”


Christiane Vogel (BA 2010, MA 2013) – Research assistant and PhD candidate at the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

“As strange as this may sound, without studying American Studies at Leipzig I wouldn’t be working in the field of medical humanities today. My instructors always encouraged me to follow up on my research interests and invited me to explore my own strengths in academia. This was a huge advantage. American Studies laid the foundation for my academic life, and working for aspeers was a great experience which I wouldn’t want to miss! Besides these, I acquired a variety of soft and hard skills during my time here, learned to approach topics interdisciplinarily, and made some lifelong friends along the way.”


Katharina-Luise Kittler (BA 2014, MA 2016) – Head of Communications and Government Relations at The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany)

“Studying at American Studies Leipzig, and especially taking classes with Prof. Garrett, has prepared me for the kind of policy work I do at AmCham Germany now, where we focus on transatlantic trade relations and support our members in fostering the transatlantic economic partnership. Studying at ASL allowed me to gain a deep understanding of American culture, which helps me a lot when working with US companies. It has also taught me to approach topics by applying different theories, to communicate internationally and interculturally, and to think outside the box. What I liked most was to take all the different classes ASL offers in the fields of literature, history, politics, media and linguistics, which nevertheless complemented each other and came together very well to prepare me for my working life.”


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.