Congrats to the Harvard Fellows of our Bavarian American Academy


The Bavarian American Academy and Harvard Club München e. V. are happy to award Christina Hofmann and Luca Messerschmidt with this year's graduate research fellowships for summer/fall 2021.


The two fellows will be awarded €4,000 each for their travel and accommodation costs and they will hopefully visit Harvard as soon as the pandemic regulations allow it. Hofmann and Messerschmidt will have the opportunity to research in different libraries and engage in academic exchange.


The fellowships are short time stipends and usually support the candidates for a stay up to 2 months at Harvard University.


We wish Christina Hofmann and Luca Messerschmidt an enlightening stay and good luck for their projects.



About Luca Messerschmidt

Luca Messerschmidt is a PhD candidate at the chair for International Relations at the Technical University of Munich. He is a principal investigator and co-founder of the world’s biggest database on government responses on COVID19 – the CoronaNet Research Project and is also managing director of Munich Papers in Political Economy.


In his dissertation "Marginal Effects of FDI on (Dis-)Satisfaction with Government: Duration, Distance, and Education," Luca Messerschmidt examines political and socio-economic consequences of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in developing countries. His research focuses on local growth and distributional effects and discovers the often-overseen elements of geographical proximity to and the duration since the investment. In the light of different local growth and inequality effects in local communities, the dissertation shall give insights into if and how FDI shapes individual attitudes towards and is leading to frustration as well as (dis)satisfaction with the government.



About Christina Hofmann

Christina Hofmann is a research assistant in the BMBF project Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung at the University of Bayreuth and is currently working on her PhD thesis in education. She completed her teacher training studies (English, History) at the University of Bayreuth in 2018 with the First State Examination and holds a B.A. in Culture and Society. 2014/15, Christina Hofmann spent a semester at the University of Warwick (UK), where she studied English and Comparative Literature. Her first publication Many Words for ‘Snow‘: Jerome Bruner’s Curriculum Research as an Overture of Intercultural Learning appeared in the journal psychosozial in 2019.


In her interdisciplinary dissertation project, Christina Hofmann explores a chapter of German-American history of science and education. Under the working title "Bruner Goes Bielefeld: A Case Study of Trans-Atlantic Curriculum Adaptation in the Education Reform Era," she examines the transfer of the social studies learning program Man: A Course of Study (MACOS) to West Germany.


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(Photo: Christina Hofmann and Luca Messerschmidt © Amerikahaus München)