International Degrees

The Transnational American Studies Institute is connected to a large number of internationally renowned universities across the globe. In keeping with the transnational spirit of the institute, we offer you the unique opportunity to obtain binational B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees in American Studies in cooperation with the following institutions:


Graduate Programs

The University of Mainz”€™s American Studies department offers a full range of post-graduate programs. Prospective PhD candidates are enjoined to contact the department chairs for further information. A central feature of the graduate programs within the American Studies department is the Life Writing Doctoral College, a program sponsored by the Initiative Pro-Geisteswissenschaften 2015. Within this doctoral college, fellows researching questions of life writing in American Studies obtain a two-year grant to finish their dissertation work. Regular meetings between the fellows and doctoral colloquia assist fellows in the process of their work. Furthermore, the American Studies department offers the opportunity to obtain a bi-national PhD in co-operation with Georgia State University, Atlanta or Peking University, Beijing.



Binational PhD Mainz-Atlanta

The PhD program in American Studies at Mainz offers a dual degree in American Studies between Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and Georgia State University. The three year program includes a mutual student exchange for 12 months as well as full integration in course work and teaching in the PhD programs of both universities. The program is fully funded by both departments and is open to all graduate students who have earned a Master degree in American Studies. For application procedures please contact Professors Alfred Hornung and Oliver Scheiding.



Doctoral College “Life Writing”

Life Writing in the sense of narratives of the self or of other people”€™s lives has been a central component of American literature and culture since colonial times. A multi-faceted body of literature has emerged from a variety of reports on personal experiences and private narratives, such as letters, diaries, biographies, memoirs and private records of local events, travelogues, conversion, captivity, and slave narratives or spiritual autobiographies.Older research approaches have treated Life Writing under the collective term of autobiography and have interpreted this body of texts as testimonies of assimilation or as expressions of a specific prototype of “€œAmericanness.”€ Recent research on texts from the colonial era to the present emphasizes transcultural and transnational aspects as central motifs and topics of Life Writing, which open the field to a broad range of records of experiences that come both from the center and the margins of mainstream culture, such as life narratives of women, ethnic groups and migrants. The widespread use of Life Writing in literary and cultural studies renders the difference between high and popular literature increasingly problematic and ultimately requires a broader conceptualization of (auto)biographical literature.Contrary to older, essentialist conceptualizations of Americanness, this collaborative research group applies a dynamic concept of identity formation and looks at various technologies of the self within a global context and, in doing so, pays particular attention to the play of differences among ethnicities, migrants and other marginalized groups and subjects. The dissertations on Life Writing analyze processes of transculturation within and beyond national borders.The doctoral college Life Writing is supported by the initiative “Pro Geistes- Wissenschaft 2015″.

Institute for Transnational American Studies
University of Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz
Phone: +49 6131 39-22764