Dr. Anja Eifert

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Dr. Anja Eifert
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies




I graduated from the University of Leipzig with an M.A. in American Studies and German Studies in 2008. Even though I have been a resident of Leipzig for many years, I also spent several years abroad, for instance as an exchange student at the University of Miami and as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City. After finishing my degree, I worked as a freelance publicist. I have been a member of the ASL faculty since Fall 2009. In 2016, I completed my doctoral studies for which I conducted extended field research in the US and Indonesia.


I teach undergraduate courses in US history and politics with emphasis on US foreign relations and diplomacy. In my seminars, I engage students in a variety of historical and contemporary debates and approaches particularly in the field of international relations, diplomatic history, and public diplomacy. We work with original documents as well as interpretative essays in order to develop students' critical analytical skills and understanding of central questions and issues. Within this context, students also improve their research, presentation, and academic writing skills to form a comprehensive foundation of US domestic and foreign policy.

Classes taught

  • “Society, History, and Politics I: From the Colonial Period to Reconstruction”

  • “Issues in Contemporary American History, Politics, and Society II”

  • “US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in the 20th Century”

  • “US Public Diplomacy: Historical Developments and Current Trends”

  • “US Public Diplomacy and the Emergence of the Pacific Century”


My research interests are centered on US foreign relations in a historical and contemporary context with emphasis on US public diplomacy. For my dissertation, I explored the importance of soft power and public diplomacy in US foreign policy on the basis of US public diplomacy in Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy and most populous Muslim country. The Obama administration's pivot toward Asia has impacted US foreign policy and security objectives in a region of increasing geostrategic importance. Using the example of Indonesia, I analyzed various US public diplomacy strategies and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region and addressed governmental and non-governmental actors instrumental in the implementation of US public diplomacy in Indonesia. I furthermore examined both theory and policy implications in the Asia-Pacific region and investigated the challenges for US public diplomacy in constructing a stable transpacific partnership for the 21st century.


  • “Indonesia as an Example of 21st Century Economic Statecraft.” CPD Blog, USC Center for Public Diplomacy (2014)


  • ISA Annual Convention 2013, San Francisco, USA

“Soft Power and Cultural Diffusion: US Public Diplomacy in Indonesia” (Peer-reviewed)

  • ISA Annual Convention 2014, Toronto, Canada

“International Relations Theory and Public Diplomacy: A Constructivist Framework” (Peer-reviewed)

Honors, Awards, Distinctions

  • DAAD Conference Grant holder, International Studies Association, 57th Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA

  • ISA Travel Grant holder, International Studies Association, 57th Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA

  • Research fellow, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • DAAD scholar, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • CPD Doctoral Dissertation Grant holder, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

  • Fulbright scholar, American Studies Institute, San Francisco, USA

  • DAAD scholar, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • DAAD scholar, Columbia University, New York City, USA