Executive Editor

Hans-Jürgen Grabbe

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe is Professor Emeritus of British and American Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. His research focus is on German-American relations and transatlantic migration in the 18th and 19th centuries. A former president of the German Association for American Studies and the European Association for American Studies, he is an editor of the quarterly Amerikastudien/American Studies and also serves as editor, on behalf of the EAAS, of the book series European Views of the United States. Areas of specialization: History, Politics

Deputy Executive Editor

Martina Kohl

Dr. Martina Kohl is a Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 Berlin. She serves on the advisory board of the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA).
Areas of specialization: Literature, History, Politics, Education, Popular Culture


Carmen Birkle

Carmen Birkle is Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Philipps University, Marburg. She has taught at the universities of Mainz, Vienna, and at Columbia University. Her research and teaching focus on ethnic and gender studies, literature and medicine, and popular culture. She is the author of Women’s Stories of the Looking Glass (1996) and Migration—Miscegenation—Transculturation (2004). In addition, she has eleven edited and co-edited books to her credit. Her current project focuses on the intersection of literature, gender, and medicine in 19th-century America. She was Executive Director (2008–11), Vice President (2011–14), and President of the German Association for American Studies (2014–17).
Areas of specialization: Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender and Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture

Andrew S. Gross

GrossProf. Dr. Andrew S. Gross is Professor of North American Studies at the University of Göttingen. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature and critical theory from the University of California, Davis. In 2012, he completed his Habilitation thesis at the Free University of Berlin. The resulting book, The Pound Reaction: Liberalism as Lyricism at Midcentury American Literature, Heidelberg: Winter, 2015, won the 2013 Rob Kroes Publication Award of the EAAS.
Areas of specialization: Literature, Literary History, Cultural Studies

Maria Moss

MossMaria Moss received her doctoral degree in one of her life-long passions – Native American Studies – from the University of Hamburg in 1993 and her post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in neo-realist American literature from the Free University Berlin in 2006. She has been teaching North American Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2007. Maria is a two-time recipient of the Leuphana Teaching Award. In addition to numerous publications on Native issues, Maria has recently branched out into the fields of eco-criticism and Critical Animal Studies. Her other fields of teaching and research include creative writing, Canadian Studies, and environmental literature. Together with colleagues from Leuphana University Lüneburg, she has embarked upon a new challenge: editing the American Studies Blog and writing the occasional piece of creative non-fiction.
Areas of specialization: Literature (20th century, contemporary), Native American Studies, Environmental Studies

Assistant Editor

Wiebke Kartheus

kartheusWiebke Kartheus received her B.A. in World English studies, art history, and visual studies from Saarland University and her M.A. in American studies from Leipzig University. She has been a member of the editorial board of aspeers: emerging voices in American studies for four consecutive issues (6–9). Currently, she is conceptualizing her Ph.D. project “Presenting Art, Preserving Value: The American Art Museum and Capitalism in the 21st Century” (working title).

Website Manager

Carsten Hummel

Carsten Hummel studied British and American Studies and Economics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Montana State University, Bozeman. In 2007, while being a research associate at the Center for American Studies, he assisted with turning the American Studies Journal into an electronic publication, and has been in charge of the ASJ’s website design and maintenance ever since. Currently, he is working in Halle for the university’s startup service.