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Living in Leipzig

Leipzig is a vibrant, unique, and fascinating city of 500,000 residents. Located at the heart of Mitteldeutschland, the city is an important cultural and intellectual center where both the classical and the contemporary Germany meet.

Core Faculty

Core Faculty are those members of the American Studies Leipzig team who are long-term teaching and research staff.

Institute Faculty at American Studies, Leipzig

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Prof. Dr. Katja Kanzler
Professor and Chair for American Literature
Room 3507 | Phone: (0341) 97-37331
Office Hours: Winter Term 19/20 (when classes are in sessions): Tue., 11 am - 12 noon

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Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez
Professor for American Studies and Minority Studies
Room GWZ 3 5.08 | Phone: (0341) 973 7343
Office Hours: Semester Break:Tuesday, July 16, 3 - 4 pm; Tuesday, August 27, 4 - 5 pm; Friday, September 6, 11 am - noon

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PD Dr. Olaf Stieglitz
Visiting Professor for American Culture and History
Room 3505 | Phone: (0341) 97-37335

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Dr. Sebastian M. Herrmann
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3503 | Phone: (0341) 97-37337
Office Hours: - (Currently on Leave)

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Dr. Katja Schmieder
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3502 | Phone: (0341) 973 7334
Office Hours: Starting October 24: Thursdays, 10-11am

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Dr. Stefan Schubert
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3502 | Phone: (0341) 973 7334
Office Hours: Mondays, 10-11am

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Dr. Sophie Spieler
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3503 | Phone: (0341) 97-37337
Office Hours: during summer break: 03.09., 1-2pm; 10.09., 12-1pm; and by appointment

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Heather Pruessing
Assistant Lecturer of American Studies
Room GWZ 3 5.01 | Phone: (0341) 973-7336
Office Hours: During semester break: by appointment

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Eleonora Ravizza, MA
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3 5.04 | Phone: (0341) 973 7332
Office Hours: Mon 2-3pm

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Tobias Schlobach, MA
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room GWZ 3 5.01 | Phone: (0341) 973 7336
Office Hours: Thursdays, 5-6 pm and by appointment


Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Frank Usbeck
Research Fellow
Office Hours: by appointment

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Eric W. Fraunholz
Doctoral Candidate
Room 3.504 | Phone: +49 341 - 97 37332
Office Hours: by appointment

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Dr. Antje Dallmann

Office Hours: Upon appointment

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Annika M. Schadewaldt

Room Nikolaistr. 10, room 4.05 | Phone:
Office Hours: during the break: Feb 12, 2-3pm; March 5, 2-3pm; and by appointment

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Michaela Beck

Room GWZ 3 3.11 | Phone:
Office Hours: During semester break: by appointment

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Richard A. Bachmann
Adjunct Assistant Lecturer
Room GWZ 3 5.01 | Phone:
Office Hours: By appointment. Just contact me via email.

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Carlo Becker
Adjunct Assistant Lecturer
Room Nikolaistraße 10 (Strohsackpassage), room 4.05 | Phone:
Office Hours: by appointment



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Anne Keyselt
Institute Secretariat
Room 3.506 | Phone: +49 (0)341 9737330
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 am - 2 pm, and by appointment

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Dr. Sophia Manns-Süßbrich
Lead Librarian for American Studies
Room Universitaetsbibliothek Leipzig | Phone: 0341 9730506

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Franziska Pfab
Secretary to the Chair for American Literature
Room GWZ 3.506 | Phone: +49 (0) 341-97 37 330
Office Hours: Mon, 10am - 12; Tue+Wedn, 10am - 12 + 1pm - 2:30pm; Thurs, 10am - 12; Fr, 10am - 12 + 1pm - 2:30pm; and by appointment


Panel Discussion: 1968 in America: Then and Now

American Studies Leipzig invites you to the following event:

Panel Discussion: „1968 IN AMERICA: THEN AND NOW“

Monday, 23 June
6 pm - 8 pm
Städtisches Kaufhaus
Room 2-08

Frank Freidel Residency

The Frank Freidel Residency Program is meant to allow US scholars to enjoy the resources of the Frank Freidel Memorial Library at Leipzig University while engaging Leipzig’s American studies community and meeting other scholars across Germany. The Frank Freidel Memorial Library is an interdisciplinary collection in the field of American studies. Integrated into the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, it is part of Germany’s second-oldest university library, founded in 1543.

Student Conferences

With student conferences and student workshops, the Institute for American Studies is offering new teaching formats. Besides highlighting the students dedication to and engagement with their scholarly interests, these new formats seek to teach key professional skills in a thematic context. Student conferences underscore how area expertise, international skills, and global reach (in terms of acquired knowledge and abilities) can be integrated into a dynamic and unique program of study to encourage personal and professional advancement.

Students' Theses

Magister | MABA

The Student Thesis - whether for the Magister, BA, or MA - represents a student's most substantial effort to create new knowledge, to create new scholarship. At American Studies in Leipzig we think it is especially important to highlight the wide variety of Student Theses, and their outstanding quality.

The diversity of topics explored by students underscores the complexity, richness, and importance of American Studies.


Faculty members have published widely on various topics such as the history of immigration, transatlantic relations, popular culture, consumer culture, the gothic tradition, border concepts and identities, ecology and landscape, thereby reflecting the multifaceted and interdisciplinary character of scholarship at the Institute for American Studies in Leipzig.

Recent publications include:

BA / MA Students

American Studies Leipzig works each day with the core assumption at America's leading universities: A program is only as good as the students it attracts, and the energy these students bring to a program.

This is especially true in terms of the teaching and research that can take place in any program. Dialogue in the classroom and creativity in research is only so innovative and dynamic as the ability and willingness of students to empower these pursuits.

Guest Scholars

Guest scholars enrich and enliven a scholarly program substantially. The Institute for American Studies at Leipzig has a particularly distinguished record attracting a steady flow of prominent international guest scholars. Indeed, just in the last three years alone, the Institute for American Studies has been awarded three highly competitive international guest professorships.

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