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Core Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Guest Scholars, Staff, and Students: Together this is the scholarly team at the Institute for American Studies in Leipzig.


Student Life

Choosing to enroll in American Studies at the University of Leipzig should first and foremost be a decision about the educational philosophy and quality of the program and how it fits your personal and professional goals. Once that decision has been made, however, where one studies becomes a central consideration for overall quality of life. And that is where Leipzig becomes very special, a great place to study. The combination of campus and community makes Leipzig one of Central Europe’s premier destinations.



The concept of community is central to the Leipzig Model for American Studies. By community we mean openness, communication, and interaction with absolutely as little hierarchy and formal barriers as possible. Community is meant to encourage a vital learning culture and empower the pursuit of individual goals.



American Studies at Leipzig defines scholarship as the pursuit and creation of new knowledge. Scholarship and its dissemination in the classroom and in the community represents the core of the university mission.

American Studies at Leipzig pursues the scholarly mission as a team effort involving faculty, staff, and students. This integrated team effort is the heart of the liberal arts education mission. Forms of scholarship range from the BA Thesis to the German “Second PhD” (the Habilitation) to the papers and publications by faculty members.


Additional Block Seminar by Frank Freidel Scholar in Residence

American Studies Leipzig will offer one additional seminar taught by the 2008 Frank-Freidel Scholar in Residence, Dr. Paula Lee.

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