Our Congratulations! Bettina Huber receives BAA Yale Fellowship 2021


Through the long-lasting relationship between the BAA and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, led by director and Pulitzer Prize winner Prof. David W. Blight, we are happy to award Bettina Huber this year's Yale University post-graduate research fellowship.


Bettina Huber is currently working on her PhD thesis with the tentative title “Perpetrator or Victim? Challenging (Self)Representations of U.S. Veterans Suffering from PTSD” in which she analyzes the representation of post-traumatic stress disorder in self life narratives of US veterans who served during the War on Terror. By exploring these texts in the context of cultural productions about the idealized soldier, she applies theories from the fields of masculinity studies, critical whiteness studies, and trauma studies to examine the identity (re)constructions of these veterans and asks questions about the moral implications of personal trauma in the discourses surrounding individual and collective guilt.


Bettina Huber, who is a research assistant at American Studies at the University of Passau, will receive €2,000 for travel and accommodation costs and she will visit Yale as soon as the pandemic regulations allow it. The fellowship includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center and access to all campus libraries.


We would like to thank the Yale Club of Germany and especially Bartley Großerichter for generously funding this research fellowship.


We wish Bettina Huber an enlightening stay and good luck for her research project.


About Bettina Huber

Bettina Huber finished her M.A. in American Studies at the University of Regensburg in 2017 and is currently teaching American Studies courses at the University of Passau in Germany, where she is a research assistant at the Professorship for American Studies. Her research focuses on the negotiations of identities and the challenges of perpetrator traumas in life narratives of US soldiers. Her research interests include gender studies, trauma studies, life narrative studies, and the US military. Her articles have been published, among others, in the Journal New Horizons in English Studies and in the COPAS Journal.



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