Biographical Note

Astrid Haas

is a researcher, educator, and academic activities manager. Currently, she teachesAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a doctorate in English (University of Münster, Germany, 2007) and a postdoctoral degree in North American Studies (Bielefeld University, 2016).

She has taught in Münster, Bielefeld, and at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 2007-2010 she co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld. Before that, she had co-organized several academic and cultural events in Münster.

Her academic research and teaching interests include travel writing, autobiography, and drama, ethnicity, gender, and science studies. She has published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011). She has also edited The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). Her new book will appear soon: Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.

IAS Thesis Award 2016

In 2016 I received the Post/Doctoral Thesis Award for my book manuscript „Lone Star Vistas.“ The volume comparatively analyses narrative constructions of Texas as a geographic and social space from 1821-1861 in selected works of Mexican, U.S. American, and German travel writing. The award is given every other year by the International Association of Inter-American Studies.

IAS Thesis Award for Astrid Haas. Text: Alexia Schemien. Fotos: Astrid Haas, Saskia Hertlein

Astrid Haas receives the 2016 Thesis Award of the International Association of Inter-American Studies.