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

Obama Institute @ JGU Open Day 2019

As part of the university-wide open day on Jan 30, 2019, Dr. Nele Sawallisch, Dr. Damien Schlarb, and Julia Velten, M.A. (together with our student assistants Ana Elisa Gomez Laris and Amina Touzos) welcomed high school students to the Obama Institute and introduced...

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Feb 8 – Career Workshop: American Art 🗓

Career Workshop: American Art February 8, 2019 Helmholtz Institute Mainz Staudingerweg 18 55128 Mainz Conference Room 1395-00-133/135 (Ground Floor), 10 a.m.–11 a.m.   Interested in studying American art, working in museums, applying for research funding, or...

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