List of Contributors


1Ingrid Gessner is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Education Vorarlberg in Feldkirch, Austria. Her book Yellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (2016) has been awarded the Peter Lang Young Scholars Award. She is the author of Collective Memory as Catharsis? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Public Controversy (2000) and of the award-winning From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences (2007). She co-edited special issues on Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture (2013) and on Commemorating World War II at 70: Ethnic and Transnational Perspectives (2015). Further publications include articles on digital American Studies scholarship, publishing, and teaching, on gender studies, and on questions of transnationalism. She has served as assistant editor of Amerikastudien/ American Studies and was appointed to its editorial board in 2019. A former editor of the e-journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies) and current editor of WiN (EAAS Women’s Network Journal), she is also a founding member of the Digital American Studies Initiative (DASI) within the German Association for American Studies.

2Sebastian M. Herrmann is the author of Presidential Unrealities: Epistemic Panic, Cultural Work, and the US Presidency (Winter) and an editor of Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture and two other edited collections on American literary and cultural studies. Based at American Studies Leipzig, he has been awarded several grants to pursue the learning and teaching innovation project SHRIMP, as well as a grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to organize an academic network on “Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities.” He has recently completed a postdoctoral project on the rise of the ‘data imaginary’ in nineteenth-century US literature and culture (  ORCID iD icon

3Viola Huang holds a PhD in History and Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her research interests concern 20th century African-American history, specifically the history of social movements, community activism, and alternative and transformative education. Since 2016, she has been a research assistant at the University of Passau, Germany where she researches and teaches in the teacher education project SKILL (Strategien zur Kompetenzentwicklung: Innovative Lehrformate in der Lehrerbildung, digitally enhanced) focusing on Information and Media Literacy as well as history education.

4Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager for the US Embassy’s Teach About US platform. He is a research assistant at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, researching task-based language learning in web-based contexts. He holds a Staatsexamen degree in teaching English and History at the Gymnasium from Justus Liebig University Giessen and has experience working as a writing instructor and as a secondary school teacher. He taught German as a foreign language at the University of Arkansas—Fort Smith in 2010/11 on a Fulbright scholarship. Joannis has developed teaching materials and has been leading teacher workshops for the US Embassy’s Going Green Project since 2012. In 2013, he received the Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize for the US Embassy School Election Project and the “Ausgezeichnete Orte—Land der Ideen” Award for the Going Green—Education for Sustainability Project in 2015. ORCID iD icon 

5Martina Kohl is a Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany, where she coordinates a Germany-wide speaker and curriculum development program in American Studies. She holds an M.A. and a Dr. Phil. in American Studies, English Studies and History from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Dr. Kohl studied at Florida Southern College (1980–81) and taught and conducted research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1985–90). In 2013, she received the Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize for the US Embassy School Election Project and the “Ausgezeichnete Orte—Land der Ideen” Award for the Going Green—Education for Sustainability Project in 2015. Dr. Kohl frequently teaches in the American Studies program at Humboldt University zu Berlin, at the Obama Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and, since the fall of 2020, at Georg August University Göttingen. She serves on the advisory board of the Salzburg Global American Studies Program  and is Deputy Executive Editor of the American Studies Journal. ORCID iD icon

6Since 2016, Uwe Küchler has been Professor and Chair for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. He studied at Berlin’s Humboldt-University (Germany), the University of London’s Goldsmiths’ College (Great Britain) and at Georgetown University in Washington DC (USA). Küchler was member of a Postgraduate College at the Technische Universität Dortmund. He worked as Assistant Professor at the University Halle-Wittenberg and taught English at a Secondary School (German Gymnasium). Recent publications include the textbook Green Matters: Literature–Culture–Planet Earth (Cornelsen 2020) and the article “Digital Learning and the Humanities.” Currently, Küchler is working on a book project that explores ecological issues in TEFL teaching.

7Oliver Moisich studied English and American Literature and German Literature at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and at the University of Aberdeen. From 2015 to 2019, he was a Research Assistant in the Early-Career Research Group “Hybrid Narrativity” at the University of Paderborn. In 2020 he finished his PhD on empirical and experimental narratology with a focus on comics and visual literature. He teaches English and German in Erfurt and English Didactics at the University of Jena.

8Philipp Reisner teaches as a lecturer at the American Studies Departments of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His research interests include early modern Anglo-America, religion in America, the histories of childhood, education, music, and contemporary American literature. His experience as a student and lecturer in the field of American Studies has furthered his interest in digital education. He received his doctorate from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf with his dissertation on the New English theologian Cotton Mather (1663–1728) in the context of early modern society. His dissertation was published in 2012. In 2020, he submitted his habilitation thesis (“Faith in Verse: Biblical Presence in Contemporary Anglo-American Poetry”), a structural study of contemporary American poetry.

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