Astrid Haas is an independent scholar and researcher in North American and Inter-American Studies affiliated with CIAS: Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a doctorate in English and American Studies from the University of Münster, Germany, and a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) in North American Literature and Cultural Studies from Bielefeld University. She hast taught at these institutions as well as at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. In 2012 she was a guest scholar at the Instituto Mora and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
Her research interests include travel writing and autobiography of the Americas, U.S. American theater and drama, African Diaspora and Latina/o Studies, Gender Studies, Science Studies, and popular culture. Among others, she has published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011) and edited a special issue of FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research, titled The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). Her second monograph, Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861, is currently in preparation for publication.