Dr. Jens Temmen

Associate Researcher
I am an assistant professor at the American Studies department at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany). I received my PhD in American Studies as part of my PhD fellowship with the Research Training Group minorcosmopolitanisms at the University of Potsdam. My first monograph, titled The Territorialities of US Imperialism(s): Conflicting Discourses of Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Territory in Nineteenth-Century US Legal Texts and Indigenous Life Writing (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020), analyzes discourses of sovereignty, jurisdiction, and territoriality in legal and literary narratives on the North American continent and in the Pacific. In 2016, I was a DAAD-funded visiting scholar at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (USA). I am co-editor of an anthology titled Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic and (Trans)Pacific Studies (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of a Special Forum of the Journal for Transnational American Studies (JTAS) on “American Territorialities“. My postdoctoral research project employs an ecocritical and a posthuman studies lens to analyze representations of Mars colonization in contemporary US literature and culture.


For a complete research profile, please visit my profile page at HHU Düsseldorf.


Dr. Jens Temmen (he/him)
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Building 23.31, Room 01.76
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf