Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Prof. Dr. Astrid Fellner

Prof. Dr. Astrid Fellner

Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies

Building A 5.3, room 2.18

Phone: +49 - (0)681 - 302 - 2330

E-Mail:  fellner(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Please direct all questions concerning general information, classes and exams to: amerikanistik(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Office hour during semester: Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.
Next office hour: 04 Dec. 2019: 1-2 p.m.

Please sign up for my office hour via amerikanistik[at]mx.uni-saarland.de



Research and Teaching Interests

  • North American Literatures and Cultures (in particular: Early American literature, 20th-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, Canadian literature)
  • Body Studies
  • American Popular Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Border Studies


Betreute Staatsexamens-, Bachelor-, Master- und Magisterarbeiten

Betreute Dissertationen


Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) University of Vienna, Venia Docendi for American Studies (2006)

Dr. Phil. (Ph.D.) University of Vienna, Austria (1999)

Visiting Fellow at the University of California at Irvine (1997)

Erasmus Student at the University of Trieste, Italy (1992-93)

Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, TX (1990-91)

Mag. Phil. (MA) University of Vienna, Austria (1992)


Professional Experience and Teaching Positions

Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Saarland University (since October 2009)

Vice President for European and International Relations, Saarland University (October 2014 - February 2017)

Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (WS 2013/14)

Principal Investigator within the international research training group "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" (Saarland University, Trier University and Université de Montréal)

Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair in the Forum of Contemporary Europe and Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature at Stanford University (2008/09)

"Privatdozentin" (Associate Professor) of American Literature and Culture in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Vienna (2006-2009)

Appointment as Adjunct Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (2008)

Assistant Professor at the Dept. of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna (1993-2006)

Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA (2003-2005)

Guest Docent at the University of Freiburg/Breisgau (SS 2001)



Fellowship "The 'Other' Border: Canada and the United States" awarded by the IFUSS Center for the Transnational Study of the U.S., spent as a Resident Fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (Feb./March 2018)

Recipient of an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Research Funds (FWF); spent at the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA.

Theodor Körner Fonds Research prize for the project 'Bodily Sensations' (2005)

Siemens Prize for Best Dissertation in American Studies in Austria in 1999

Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin (1990)


Professional Activities

President of the Austrian Association for American Studies (2010-11)

Scientific advisory board for the AGPRO Research Prize (since 2008)

Founder and Editor of the series "American Studies in Austria" together with Hanna Wallinger and Klaus Rieser (since 2003)


Selected Publications



Articles / Book Reviews (selected):



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