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Kelly Kawar, Ph.D.

Lecturer ('Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin')

Institutional mailing address

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


Office phone & email


Office hours

Genscherallee 3, Room 3.063

Please note:
Dr. Kawar is currently on maternity leave.


Research interests

19th and 20th Century American literature; Biopolitics; Ethics; Theories of Life; Testimony and Life Writing

Doctoral research project (completed)

From Tragedy to Testimony: Bare Life and the Hermeneutics of Suffering

Education and grants

  • June 2012–Present, PhD Candidate, English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • September 2013–June 2014, Central Fellowship Award, UCSB
  • December 2011, Master of Arts, English Literature, UCSB
  • September 2009–June 2010, Central Fellowship Award, UCSB
  • May 2007, Master of Arts, English Literature, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (LMU)
  • August 2005–May 2007, Teaching Fellowship Award, LMU
  • September 1997–June 2002, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Professional experience

  • October 2012–February 2015, Teaching Associate (Lehrbeauftragte), Department of English, University of Cologne
  • April 2012–June 2012, Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, Department of English, UCSB
  • January 2012–March 2012, Teaching Associate, Department of English, UCSB
  • September 2010–December 2011, Teaching Assistant, Department of English, UCSB
  • September 2007–June 2009, Instructor, Department of English, Campbell Hall, North Hollywood, CA
  • August 2005–June 2007, Teaching Fellow (English Literature and Composition Instructor), Department of English, LMU
  • August 2002–June 2005, Instructor, Department of English, Holy Family High School, Glendale, CA