Editorial Team

Executive Editor

Andrew S. Gross

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 at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Freie Universität 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.


Karin Hoepker

PD Dr. Karin Hoepker is associate professor of North American Studies at FAU Erlangen- Nürnberg, Germany, and a guest professor at Bonn University in 2021/22. Her research focuses on history of knowledge and the nineteenth century, risk and the novel, science and fiction, urban studies, and on the semantics of love.
She was guest professor at Vienna University in 2019/20 and has studied, worked and researched at Bowdoin College, Stanford, Princeton, and Indiana University, Bloomington. Her first book No Maps for these Territories (Rodopi 2011) combines contemporary spatial and architectural theory with literary studies and discusses historic imaginations of the city of the future in William Gibson’s work. Her second book project The Edge of Reason: Fiction, Risk, and Probability in American Antebellum Narrative investigates the emergence of risk and the function of fiction in US antebellum literature and has won the Habilitationspreis 2018 of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Ellen Hinsey

Ellen Hinsey is the author of nine books of poetry, essays, dialogue and literary translation. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Illegal Age, which explores the rise of authoritarianism, was chosen as UK's Poetry Book Society's fall 2018 Choice. Hinsey's essays on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe are collected in Mastering the Past: Reports from Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (Telos Press, 2017). Her book-length dialogue with Lithuanian poet and dissident Tomas Venclova, Magnetic North, explores post-war culture and ethics under totalitarianism and was finalist for Lithuania's Book of the Year. Hinsey's other volumes of poetry include, Update on the Descent, which draws on her experience at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, The White Fire of Time and Cities of Memory, which received the Yale Series in poetry Award. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Irish Times, Der Tagesspiegel, Poetry and many others. She has received numerous awards and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Göttingen.

Andrew Majeske

Andrew Majeske is an associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and adjunct professor of law at McGeorge Law School (University of the Pacific). He received his doctorate from the University of California Davis, where he worked at the intersection of law, literature & political philosophy; his dissertation director was Margaret Ferguson. Andrew also holds a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, where he studied under George Anastaplo. Before pursuing his PhD, he worked as a practicing attorney for eleven years. In 2006 his book entitled Equity in English Renaissance Literature was published by Routledge Press, and in 2009 his edited collection Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama, was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Maria Moss

Prof. (Apl.) Dr. Maria 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.

Associate Editors

Gulsin Ciftci

Gulsin Ciftci is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the University of Münster, where she teaches American studies. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Textpraxis: Digital Journal for Philology. She holds an M.A. in North American Studies and English Philology from the University of Göttingen, where she has previously taught literary and cultural studies and worked as a research assistant. Her doctoral dissertation is tentatively titled “Reading Now: Affect and American Literature in the 21st Century.” Gulsin’s research interests include literary theory, theories of reading, affect and public feeling, 21st-century novel as well as contemporary American poetry, and social media literacy.

James Dowthwaite

James Dowthwaite teaches English literature at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, where he is working on a habilitation project on idea of fate in nineteenth century aestheticism. He is broadly interested in the literariness of literature, and has published on Pound, HD, Eliot, as well as Schopenhauer, and other topics. His Ezra Pound and 20th Century Theories of Language: Faith with the Word came out with Routledge in 2019. He serves as assistant editor.

Julia Nitz

Julia Nitz is Lecturer of Anglo-American Cultural Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has served as Executive Director at the Center for American Studies and is co-founder of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Net¬work for the study of transatlantic women’s networks in the long nineteenth century (crosscurrents.uni-halle.de). Her research focusses on the American Civil War, women’s life writing, intertextual cultural studies, historiographic and museum narratology as well as Anglophone (Caribbean) film and adaptation studies. Her publications include Georg III. Rezeption und Konstruktion in den britischen Medien (1990–2006) (WVT, 2010), Towards a Historiographic Narratology (2011), and with Sandra H. Petrulionis and Theresa Schön, an edited volume on Intercontinental Crosscurrents: Women’s Networks across Europe and the Americas (2016). Her most recent monograph Belles and Poets: Intertextuality in the Civil War Diaries of White Southern Women (LSUP, 2020) establishes the extent to which literature offered a means of exploring ideas and convictions about class, gender, and racial hierarchies in the Civil War-era South.

Wiebke Kartheus

Wiebke 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).

Editorial Assistant

Sebastian Groß


Chiara Gilberti