Heike Paul ©Heike Paul

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul


Heike Paul holds the Chair of American Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2003/2004 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, and the Thomas Mann House. Her research interests include the sentimental in literature, culture, and politics; gender studies; contemporary American literature; cultural mobility; tacit knowledge; and African American and African Canadian literature and history. She is the author of The Myths That Made America (Transcript, 2014) and Amerikanischer Staatsbürgersentimentalismus (American Civil Sentimentalism, Wallstein, 2021). In November 2021, she was awarded the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, in 2018, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. Since 2017 she is the director of the Bavarian American Academy, she joined the board of the BAA in 2007.

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Kerstin Schmidt ©Bavarian American Academy

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Deputy Director

Kerstin Schmidt holds the Chair of North American Literary Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Scholarships have brought her to Yale University, to Indiana University/Bloomington, to the University of Wyoming, to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Life and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City as well as to the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia. In over ten monographs/edited volumes and over 30 essays, she has written on American literature and culture, focusing on drama and theater, race and diaspora studies, theories of space/place as well as on media theory and documentary photography. She is the also co-editor of Kritikon Litterarum and serves on the advisory board of U.S.-American and Canadian journals. She is currently finishing  a book mauscript titled "Un/Doing Border in Writing: Re-Thinking Literature and Theory of the Black Diaspora." She's the editor of The State of Human Rights: Historical Genealogies, Political Controversies, and Cultural Imaginaries (Winter, 2020). She joined the board of the Bavarian American Academy in 2014.

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Volker Depkat ©Bavarian American Academy

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Executive Board

Volker Depkat is a trained historian and Professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is the author of six monographs and eight edited collections, among them Amerikabilder in politischen Diskursen: Deutsche Zeitschriften 1789-1830 (Klett-Cotta, 1998), Lebenswenden und Zeitenwenden: Deutsche Politiker und die Erfahrungen des 20. Jahrhunderts (Oldenbourg, 2007), Geschichte der USA (Kohlhammer, 2016) and most recently American Exceptionalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). His fields of interest and expertise are U.S. history from its colonial beginnings to today in continental, hemispheric, and transatlantic perspective, the history of European-American relations, biography and autobiography studies, visual culture studies, and U.S. federalism in comparative perspective. Currently he is working on a history of the visual culture of the American presidency. He joined the board of the Bavarian American Academy in 2006.

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Erik Lehmann ©Klaus Satzinger-Viel

Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann

Executive Board

Erik E. Lehmann is a Full Professor of Management and Organization at Augsburg University, Germany and Director of the Program Global Business Management (GBM). He helds positions as an adjunct professor at Indiana University/Bloomington, as a research professor at the University of Bergamo (Italy) and the Newcastle Business School (UK). He received his habilitation (venia legendi) from Konstanz University in 2005 and joined the Max Planck Institute (Jena) as an assistant director (2004-2005). Lehmann's research is focused on linking entrepreneurship, higher education, and corporate governance in the global context. He serves as an associate editor of Small Business Economics among other journals. His research has been published in leading academic journals like Review of Finance, Research Policy, ET&P, JEBO, Technovation, SBE, JTT, Multinational Business Review, EINT, Review of Industrial Organization, Studies in Higher Education, European Journal of Higher Education, among several others. His authored books include The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence (Oxford University Press, 2015, 2nd ed. 2022) or Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (Oxford University Press, 2009). He serves as a member of the board of the Bavarian American Academy since 2017.

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Charlotte Lerg ©Charlotte Lerg

PD Dr. Charlotte Lerg

Executive Board

Charlotte A. Lerg teaches American history and transatlantic studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich where she also serves as managing director of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies. Holding an MA in Modern History and Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews and a PhD in History from Tübingen University, she has also taught at the Universities of Bochum, Münster and Jena. She held fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress) and at the German-Historical-Institute in Washington DC. Her Habilitation Universitätsdiplomatie: Prestige und Wissenschaft in den transatlantischen Beziehungen 1890-1920 (Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 2019) came out in 2019. Charlotte has also written a textbook in German on the American Revolution. Further publications focus on cultural diplomacy and transatlantic relations in the 19th and 20th century, especially on the 1848 Revolutions, the First World War and the Cold War. She is one of the editors in chief of History of Intellectual Culture (HIC) - International Yearbook for Knowledge and Society. Her current research projects are concerned with visual knowledge and historiography as well as Canadian memory culture, comics and media history. She joined the board of the Bavarian American Academy in 2021.

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