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Welcome to the Obama Institute
for Transnational American Studies!


The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a dynamic and wide-ranging program in both research and teaching for all students interested in topics related to the Americas in a global context.

With a special focus on interculturality, transnationalism, and interdisciplinarity, our expertise lies in the fields of Early American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Life Writing/Life Sciences, Political & Intellectual History, Film & Media Studies, Religion and American Culture, and Materiality.


Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies
University of Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-29097

Fourth of July 2020 at the Obama Institute πŸ—“

Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends of the Obama Institute: The Corona pandemic has upset all our plans of teaching and research, also a Fourth of July conference with the Fellows of the Obama Institute. The proliferation of COVID-19 has questioned conventional...

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Statement of Solidarity πŸ—“

As members of the Obama Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and personally, we are terribly saddened to see the developments in the United States of America. We, therefore, express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those who are...

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Safety update re: Contacting faculty and staff πŸ—“

Dear Students, Because of the current situation, we have to change our policies regarding personal consultations during walk-in office hours. We are to minimize personal contact with our students; consequently, Most office hours will be suspended until further notice....

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