Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA)

The Bavarian American Academy

The objective of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) is to support research on or related to the USA and to enhance the interaction between science and culture, society and economy.

Although the primary focus of the Academy‘s activities is the USA, in the context of interdisciplinary and interregional studies it also supports research on Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.


The BAA provides a network of cooperation for Bavarian scholars from a wide range of disciplines in the cultural and social sciences who are specializing in these areas. It aims at coordinating and focusing their respective competencies and resources. The BAA sees itself as an innovative, comprehensive, inter-university institution.

Leibniz Prize 2018 awarded to our director Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

President of the German Research Foundation Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Director of the Bavarian American Academy Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

We cordially congratulate BAA director Prof. Dr. Heike Paul on being awarded the 2018 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. The prize is the most important research award in Germany, and is endowed with €2.5 million. Established in 1985, it aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding researchers, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and help them to establish new research formats.


Professor Paul holds the chair for American Studies, with a focus on North American literary and cultural studies, at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Nuremberg-Erlangen since 2004 and is one of the most renowned representatives of American Studies in Germany. The prize not only honors her scholarly achievements, but also her high international renown and her exceptional role as a transatlantic networker.


Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, executive board member of the BAA since 2007, was elected as executive director in 2013 and has served as director since 2017.

Further information on the award ceremony here.

 

(Photo: Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ©dfg)

 

 

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Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

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Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

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Jasmin Falk, M.A.

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Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

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Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Erik Lehmann

Prof. Dr. Erik Lehmann

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Executive Board

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