Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA)

Die Bayerische Amerika-Akademie

Die Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA) dient der Förderung der amerika-bezogenen Forschung und der Interaktion von Wissenschaft und Kultur, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft. Primäre Gegenstandsregion sind die USA; im Rahmen interdisziplinärer und interregionaler Forschungsaktivitäten ist darüber hinaus die Einbeziehung von Kanada, Lateinamerika und der Karibik wesentlicher Bestandteil der Akademiearbeit.




In der BAA arbeiten bayerische Wissenschaftler*innen aus einem breiten Spektrum von kultur- und gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Disziplinen zusammen, die sich mit entsprechenden Fragestellungen beschäftigen und deren Kompetenzen und Ressourcen in der BAA gebündelt werden.

Applications are now open for the 2020 BAA fellowships to Harvard, Yale, Duke, or the Library of Congress

© StockSnap / Pixabay

Are you a doctoral student or post-graduate with a research or teaching assignment at one of the Bavarian universities? Use your chance to apply for a fellowship to one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. During your stay, you receive access to on-campus libraries, support by faculty members, and the opportunity to establish an academic network of your own. 


Applications are open for several post-graduate research fellowships: two fellowships to Harvard University (grant total: 4.000 Euro), sponsored by the Harvard Club München e.V., one at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University (grant total: 2.000 Euro), or to the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, sponsored by the Yale Club of Germany, e.V. (grant total: 2.000 Euro). In addition, we are offering a 9.500 Euro grant to the John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress), sponsored by the Bavarian State Chancellery. All fellowships start in the summer/fall of 2020. The application deadline is February 10, 2020.


If you are currently enrolled or employed at a Bavarian university, we look forward to your application. Please send us your CV, a short summary of your dissertation project, and a letter of recommendation by your thesis advisor in one single PDF-file to Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm. Good luck!

New publication "The Comeback of Populism" out now!

The Comeback of Populism © Amerikahaus München

We are happy to announce that volume 21, The Comeback of Populism, of our publication series is now available either as hardcopy or as an ebook via the website of  Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg.


The collection, featuring essays by BAA director Heike Paul and board member Jürgen Gebhardt, as well as other internationally renowned scholars, deals with the diffuse term “populism” and its recent comeback in the U.S., in Europe, and in Latin America. The contributors examine the discursive strategies of the phenomenon from an interdisciplinary and transatlantic point of view and analyze populism as both a global and local phenomenon. The book sheds light on the militant rhetoric of exclusion and nativism inherent to populism while working through its simplifications and mystifications.


We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the book. If you are interested in other volumes of the book series Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, you can find more information on our website.


(Cover: © Amerikahaus München)



The 19th Annual Academy Conference on “New Perspectives in Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches” was a huge success

BAA Konferenz © Amerikahaus München

One highlight followed the next at this year’s BAA conference. We experienced a packed keynote lecture by New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, awarded the BAA honorary membership to Prof. Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), listened closely to the closing keynote by renowned historian Mary Nolan, and engaged in many fruitful discussions and opinions in- and outdoors. 

Interesting panels covering topics as diverse as German-American brewers in the 19th century and transatlantic relations in the era of Industry 4.0 asserted that Germany and the U.S. were and still are bound together by mutual ties and a friendship that goes well beyond academic exchange. We would like to thank all the chairs, panelists, and participants as well as our sponsors, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, Stiftung Melior, Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies, and Hofbräu München for this great conference.

Click here to see the full news.


(Cover: © Amerikahaus München)

Dr. Peter Maurits receives fellowship to the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Peter Mauritz © Foto Firle

For his impressive work on African science fiction, Dr. Peter Maurits from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has been awarded the Kluge fellowship by the Bavarian American Academy, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and the Bavarian State Chancellery.


During his fellowship, the library will provide a desk, facilitated access to the collections and databases, and access to the curators of the library. Dr. Maurits will be supported with all services offered to junior level Fellows in residence at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress and will receive 9,500 € for travel and accommodation costs. 


(Photo: Peter Maurits © Peter Maurits / Foto Firlé)

Dr. Judith Rauscher and Liv-Birte Buchmann awarded with the BAA Dissertation Prize 2019

BAA Disspreis 2019 © Amerikahaus

Our board and director, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, would like to congratulate this year’s dissertation award winners, Dr. Judith Rauscher and Liv-Birte Buchmann for their outstanding scholarly work. 


Dr. Judith Rauscher tackled the subject of "Poetic Place-Making: Nature and Mobility in Contemporary American Poetry" while Liv-Birte Buchmann wrote about "Commemorating Abraham Lincoln the Transnational Way: Lincoln Monuments in Great Britain".


The dissertation award comes with a 1,000€ prize.


Photo: © Amerikahaus München

Verena Jackson is the 2019 recipient of the travel grant from the BAA and the AGBC for her work on artificial intelligence and law

Verena Jackson ©Verena Jackson

This year’s travel stipend granted in cooperation with the American German Business Club (AGBC) goes to Verena Jackson. Her work on military use of AI in international law deeply impressed the jury. She will receive 1,500€ for travel costs and will visit Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in fall 2019. 


She will examine her topic from a multidisciplinary angle, taking socio-economic and ethical implications into account. Moreover, Ms. Jackson plans to further academic exchange and intercultural collaboration while studying at Duke University. 



Click here for full news.


(Photo: Verena Jackson © Verena Jackson)

Lena Gotteswinter receives the BAA Yale University Fellowship funded by the Yale Club of Germany

Lena Gotteswinter Lena Gotteswinter

We are happy to announce that Lena Gotteswinter has been chosen for this years’ BAA research fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Lena Gotteswinter, who is currently working on her dissertation on The Diversification of the Hipster, will receive 2,000 Euros for travel and accommodation costs and will visit Yale University during the spring of 2020. The fellowship is generously funded by the Yale Club of Germany. It includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center, whose director, David W. Blight, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history, as well as access to all campus libraries. 


Click here for the full news.


(Photo: Laura Sprague (left) and Bartley Großerichter (right) from the Yale Club of Germany together with BAA-Fellow Lena Gotteswinter (middle) © Amerikahaus München)

Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber awarded as BAA-fellows for the Dartmouth Summer Institute

Daniela Gutierrez and Marissa Weber Daniela Gutierrez and Marissa Weber

The Bavarian American Academy is pleased to announce Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber as the new BAA-fellows for “The Future of American Studies” Summer Institute at Dartmouth College.


The one-week summer institute, headed by our honorary BAA-member and professor at Dartmouth, Donald E. Pease, will provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars.


For travel and accommodation, the BAA awards a scholarship of €1150 ($695 tuition and €500 travel grant) each.  

We wish Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber a fruitful and interesting time at Dartmouth College.



(Photos: Daniela Gutiérrez © Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber © Marissa Weber) 

Leibniz-Preis 2018 an unsere Direktorin Prof. Dr. Heike Paul verliehen

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, DFG-Präsident, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Direktorin der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie

Am 19.03.2018 wurde Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Direktorin der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, in  Berlin der Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2018 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) überreicht. Der Preis ist mit einer Summe in Höhe von 2,5 Millionen Euro dotiert.

Wir gratulieren sehr herzlich und freuen uns sehr!

Prof. Paul ist seit 2004 Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Amerikanistik, insbesondere nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen und zählt zu den renommiertesten Vertreter*innen der Amerikanistik in Deutschland. Der Leibniz-Preis würdigt neben ihren wissenschaftlichen Leistungen auch ihre hohe internationale Sichtbarkeit sowie ihre herausragende Rolle als transatlantische Netzwerkerin.

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ist seit 2007 Mitglied des Vorstands der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, 2013 wurde sie zur stellvertretenden Direktorin gewählt,  im Sommer 2017 zur Direktorin.

Weitere Infos zur Preisverleihung finden Sie hier. 


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





Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

Unsere Veranstaltungen und Konferenzen


Die Buchreihe Publications of the Bavarian American Academy gibt es seit 2002.  In dieser Reihe werden die Erkenntnisse und Forschungsergebnisse der jährlich stattfindenden internationalen BAA-Konferenz veröffentlicht. 

Das Team der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul


Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Wissenschaftliche Referentin

089 55 25 37 42
Jasmin Falk, M.A.

Jasmin Falk, M.A.

Assistenz Geschäftsstelle

089 55 25 37 41
Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Stellvertretender Direktor

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Mitglied des Vorstandes

Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann

Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann

Mitglied des Vorstandes

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Mitglied des Vorstandes


Abonnieren Sie den BAA-Newsletter und erfahren Sie zuerst von unseren Neuigkeiten und Plänen.

Ich habe die Datenschutzerklärung gelesen und erkläre mich einverstanden. *