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Dr. Katharina Fackler

Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

Institutional mailing address

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
53113 Bonn



Office hours

Mondays, 1–2:30 pm in person or by phone/Zoom.
Please contact me via email to set up an appointment.

Research interests

Visual Culture Studies, Theory and History of Social Photography, Affect and the Senses

Poverty Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Feminism, Civil Rights Protest

Oceanic Studies, Postcolonial Theory and the Environmental Humanities

Life Writing, Early American Maritime Literature

Current projects

“Entangled Mobilities: Early American Sea Writing and (De-)Colonial Ecologies.”

Picturing the Poor: Photography and the Politics of Poverty in the 1960s. University Park: Penn State UP. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sensory History. (under contract)

Kinship as Critical Idiom in Oceanic Studies. Special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. Ed. Katharina Fackler and Silvia Schultermandl.


Education and grants

  • Dec. 2020 – Sept. 2021: Grant for a Research Assistant, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit, University of Bonn
  • Sept. 2018: Participant in the 16th Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria
  • July 2018: Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany
  • July 2015: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany  
    Dissertation “Picturing the Poor: Poverty, Photography, and Politics in the 1960s”
  • March 2014: Visiting Researcher at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, funded by the Ambassador’s Grant of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the German Association for American Studies 
  • June 2013: Participant in the Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, funded by the Arts Faculty of the University of Regensburg and the State of Bavaria
  • Feb. 2013 – Apr. 2013: Visiting Researcher at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the National Archives, College Park, MD, funded by the Ambassador’s Grant of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the German Association for American Studies
  • March 2012: Visiting Researcher at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX, funded by the Moody Grant of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation
  • 2010: M.A. Equivalent (Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien) in English, French, and Pedagogy at the University of Regensburg
  • Sept. 2006 – Apr. 2007: Foreign Language Assistant, Collège Jean-Jacques Kieffer and Lycée Teyssier, Lorraine, France
  • 2004-2010: Studies at the University of Regensburg: English, French, and Pedagogy (Lehramt an Gymnasien)


    Professional experience

    • Since Apr. 2020: Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
    • Sept. 2015 – Mar. 2020: Postdoctoral University Assistant, Department of American Studies, University of Graz, Austria (Parental Leave: Sept. 2018 – Feb. 2020)
    • Oct. 2010 – Aug. 2015: Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany
    • 2007 – 2009: Student Tutor, American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany


    Monograph and editorial responsibilities

    Picturing the Poor: Photography, Politics, and Poverty in the 1960s. Dissertation. University of Regensburg, 2015.

    Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies. Special issue of JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.2 (2020). Ed. Nassim Balestrini, Klaus Rieser, and Katharina Fackler.

    COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies. Co-editor from Mar. 2014 – Dec. 2017.


    Looking at Appalachia: Online Intermediality, Collaboration, and Mountain Multiplicity.” Special issue of Appalachian Journal (2021). Ed. Benjamin Robbins and Christian Quendler. (forthcoming)

    with Nassim Balestrini and Klaus Rieser. “Introduction: Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies.” JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.2 (2020): v-xii.

    “Postcolonial and Transoceanic Life Writing.” JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.1 (2020): 157-62.

    “Of Stereoscopes and Instagram: Materiality, Affect, and the Senses from Analog to Digital Photography. MatteRealities: Trajectories and Conceptual Futures for Material Culture Studies. Ed. Miriam Nandi, Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk, and Ingrid Gessner. Spec. issue of Open Cultural Studies 3 (2019): 519-30.

    “Remapping the Geography of Class: Photography, Protest, and the Politics of Space in the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.” Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place. Ed. Kerstin Schmidt and Julia Faisst. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2018. Spatial Practices. 208-27.

    “‘A Living Theater’ for Human Rights: Jill Freedman’s Old News and the Visual Legacies of the Poor People’s Campaign.” Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Laura Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 109-28.

    “(Trans-)National Hunger: Cold War Famine Iconographies in the United States.” The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger. Ed. Anastasia Ulanowicz and Manisha Basu. New York: Palgrave, 2017. 205-27.

    “Ambivalent Frames: Rosa Parks and the Visual Grammar of Respectability.” African American Representation and the Politics of Respectability. Ed. Ralina L. Joseph and Jane Rhodes. Spec. issue of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Society, and Culture 18.3 (2016): 271-82.

    Blog Feature on Black Perspectives: “Rosa Parks and the Image of Respectability.” African American Intellectual History Society, 26 Apr. 2017. Web.

    "Waging a Visual War on Poverty: President Lyndon B. Johnson in Appalachia." COPAS 13 (2012). Web.


    Review of Eine Amerikanerin in Hitlers Badewanne by Elisabeth Bronfen, Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.4 (2017)