Biographical Note

Astrid Haas is an independent scholar, educator, and academic activities manager. She is an affiliated researcher in North American and Inter-American Studies 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.

From 2007-2010 she co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas“ at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University. Before that, she co-organized several lecture series as well as cultural activites with the academic working group Genus at the Uniersity of Münster as well as with the city’s local German-Russian Society.

Her research and teaching interests include North American travel writing, autobiography, and drama, Black and Latina/o Studies, Gender Studies, and Science Studies. She has published a.o. Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011) and edited a special issue of FIAR, 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, will appear soon.