Prof. Dr. Christine Gerhardt

Academic Career

  • 08/2017: Offer, W3 / Chair of American Studies at the University of Augsburg (declined)
  • since 10/2010: Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Bamberg
  • 10/200809/2010: Director, German-American Institute /Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg i. Breisgau, Germany
  • 04/200809/2008: Professor of North American Literature and Culture (W2), English Department, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
  • 2008: Habilitation (postdoctoral degree), Cultural Studies Department, Technical University of Dortmund, venia legendi "Amerikanistik" (American Studies)
  • 2000: Ph.D. American Literature and Culture (summa cum laude), Dissertation: "Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im US-amerikanischen Roman" ("Rituals of Failure: The Reconstruction Era in American Literature"), Dortmund University
  • 1998: M.A. English Language and Literature, Ohio University, USA
  • 1994 2008: Lecturer / Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Angestellte), English Department, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • 19931994: Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Assistant, English Department, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
  • 1993: 1. Staatsexamen Lehramt Deutsch/Englisch (Degree in German, English, and American Language and Literature / Education), Humboldt University Berlin


Awards, Honors, Scholarships

  • 01/2016: 2015 CHOICE Award - Outstanding Academic Title for A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World
  • 08/2015  12/2015: Harris Distinguished Professorship, Dartmouth College
  • 04/200503/2008: Fellow, Research Network of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "The Future(s) of (European) American Studies"
  • 10/200404/2006: Lise-Meitner Research Scholarship (Full Scholarship), Ministry for Science and Research, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 20022003: Visiting Scholar, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 02/2002: Dissertation Prize 2001, University of Dortmund
  • 03/1998: Fellow, Salzburg Seminar for American Studies, Session 354: "The Contemporary Novel," Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
  • 07/1995 08/1995: Fellow, Fulbright American Studies Summer Institute, New York University, USA
  • 02/199403/1994: Fellow, USIA Multi-Regional American Studies Project, Universities of Chicago, Mississippi, San Diego, and Colorado State University, USA