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Rebecca Schäfer, M.A.

wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee
I am PhD candidate and lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Obama Institute, where I also work as coordinator for the Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies (CCNIS).

I obtained an MA degree in American Studies, German Philology, and Applied Linguistics from the University of Siegen. During my studies, I completed an ERASMUS exchange to the Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, France. In 2012, I participated in the summer school of the Harvard Institute for World Literature (IWL) held at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

My dissertation focuses on non-normative temporalities in contemporary U.S. American culture and examines in how far they can modify dominant conceptions of time, age and aging, and belonging. Further research interests include Gender and Queer Studies, Feminism, Indigenous Studies, Film & Popular Culture, Critical Race Theory, and the cultural relevance of sports.

I have presented my research at national and international conferences in Europe, Canada, and the United States, including annual meetings of the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA).

My teaching focuses on contemporary literary and cultural issues such as “Age and Aging in North American Fiction,” “Gender Theory and Contemporary Film,” or “Queer Theory/Queer Cinema.” I also teach classes on early American literary, cultural, and intellectual history.

My further work responsibilities at the Obama Institute and the CCNIS include a variety of PR-related tasks. I was involved in planning and executing the launch of the Institute’s new website in 2015 and I am also a staff member of the Institute’s PR team.

Additionally, I have been working as a freelance journalist for television, print, or digital media (e.g. ARD Sportschau, WDR,, International Paralympic Committee) and, since 2017, as a publicist and press coordinator for the Berlin International Film Festival.


Rebecca Schäfer, M.A.
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room 02.221

Phone: +49-6131-39-22250

Office hours:
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