Welcome to the North American Studies Program

Dedicated to the transdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States and Canada, the North American Studies Program provides an innovative space of inquiry into theories and practices of culture, transatlantic relations, and processes of globalization. In both research and teaching, we focus on the interplay of political and economic structures with literary and cultural forms and discourses, the dynamics of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and the interrogation of North America in a global context. Our distinctive strengths are in such areas as literary and cultural theory, Native and Indigenous studies, gender studies and feminist critique, environmental studies, visual culture studies, the intersections of law and culture, and dialogues between cultural studies and the natural sciences.

Established in 1990 as a joint venture of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the North American Studies Program ranks as one of the best places in Germany to study and do research in the field and has gained an outstanding reputation for its conferences, guest lectures, and lecture series on issues of North American and cultural studies. We foster the education of students who wish to think broadly, work independently, and pursue innovative research projects. Our faculty members are experts in literary and cultural studies, political science, and economics and also include visiting scholars. In addition, students profit from our close cooperation with colleagues in the fields of history and postcolonial studies at the University of Cologne and from our long-standing alliances with U.S. and Canadian universities.

Upcoming Events: “The White House Embattled: The U.S. Election 2024"

Lecture Series of the North American Studies Program |

in cooperation with the Amerika Haus NRW e. V., the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), and the Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e. V. (DKG)

While the protagonists of the 2024 and 2020 U.S. presidential election remain the same, the geopolitical framework as well as the cultural and economic climate – in the U.S. as well as globally – have shifted considerably during the last four years.

Accordingly, whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will make the race to the White House in November 2024 does have a distinct impact on the shape of transnational relations, communication, and cooperation.

Engaging the issues driving the 2024 presidential election from multiple perspectives, this lecture series offers a platform for interrogating the complexities of a momentous democratic decision fraught with consequences.

Location (if not announced differently):
Rabinstraße 8 | 53111 Bonn | seminar room 8

See all events of the Lecture Series of the North American Studies Program here.

Next Events

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More Events

Russia's War on Ukraine: Transforming Transatlantic Relations
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has fundamentally reshaped transatlantic relations, laying bare Europe's reliance on the United States for security ...
"Mapping the Race to the White House"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
This year’s presidential race is likely to be particularly close, with possibly only a few thousand voters in battleground states determining the outcome. With ...
"The Digital and the Political"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
We are currently witnessing the merging of digital and analogous worlds. In this new media framework, the development of generative AI and the increasing ...
"The Presidential Elections: Views from the States"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
The U.S. Constitution and political system separate powers between branches and levels of government. Despite such division and decentralization of powers, ...
"American Democracy at Risk"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
As American democracy has come increasingly under attack from within, and lies, conspiracy theories, and physical violence thrive, artist Bill Travis has ...
"Feeling is Believing"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Why has conspiracy theory risen to prominence in our current political moment–especially in the US, where presidential candidate Donald Trump has frequently ...
"The 2024 U.S. Election Seen from Down Under"
via Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Most prominently at stake for Australia in the 2024 US election is the direction of Australian conservative politics. Trump engages an idiom and symbolism that ...
"Europe Alone at Home"
IAAK, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Founded in 1949 to counter the Soviet threat, NATO now faces a renewed threat from Russia. For more than three decades Europe seemed to be at ease, enjoying ...
Forum Beruf North American Studies
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
"Studierende fragen - Alumni antworten" Join us for this year's "Forum Beruf" on June 24th, 6 p.m. (s.t.)

NAS News

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Job Advertisement: Senior Lecturer Economics

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn is looking for a new position to be filled starting October 1, 2024, for a period of four years:

Senior Lecturer ("Akademische/r Oberrätin/Oberrat") (m/f/d) for North American Studies | Economics

Application deadline is May 17, 2024.

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"Entangled Lives, Entangled Freedom(s)" - Talk by Prof. Meyer at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

On February 26, 2024, Prof. Sabine N. Meyer, Co-director of the North American Studies Program at the University of Bonn, gave a lecture on "Entangled Lives, Entangled Freedom(s): The Transformative Potential of Contemporary Black Indigenous Literature" at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

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Panel Discussion with Former Members of Congress

On October 24, 2023, the North American Studies Program of the University of Bonn together with its cooperation partners had the pleasure of hosting former members of the U.S. House of Representatives Val Demings and Luke Messer.

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Ambassador's Award 2023

The US Ambassador’s Award is making its return in 2023 following a several-year hiatus.  

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Career Support and Funding for Female Academics

According to the Federal Statistical Office, in 2022, only slightly over one-fourth of full-time professorships at German universities and colleges were occupied by women. From 2020 until now, the University of Bonn has sponsored 90 female scientists through the STEP program.

Next application phase for our M.A. in North American Studies:

May 13, 2024 until September 2, 2024 (for the winter term 2024/25)


Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Rabinstraße 8
D-53111 Bonn

Phone: +49-(0)228-73-1836
Fax: +49-(0)228-73-9674 

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