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Dr. Steffen Damm

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute for Arts and Media Management

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 52569
Phone (Assistant)+49 30 838 52570
Emailstdamm@zedat.fu-berlin.de
HomepageDr. Steffen Damm

Areas of Expertise

  • History of media
  • Media theory
  • Marketing / solicitation
  • Popular culture / entertainment culture


Dr. Frank Kelleter
Professor of North American Studies

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Culture

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 542 40
Emailfrank.kelleter@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Frank Kelleter

Areas of Expertise

  • Popular culture and media history, especially serial forms
  • North American colonial history / revolutionary period and early republic
  • (American) Enlightenment studies


Dr. Cordula Lemke
Professor of English Language and Literature

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute for English Language and Literature

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 525 74
Emailcordula.lemke@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. phil. Cordula Lemke

Areas of Expertise

  • English literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
  • European colonialism (especially Scotland)
  • Gender studies
  • Vampires in literature and film


Dr. Julia Leyda
Professor of Cultural Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Culture

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 581 78
Emailjulia.leyda@fu-berlin.de

Areas of Expertise

  • Popular culture
  • US-American film, television, and media studies
  • The director Todd Haynes
  • Film and television depictions of domesticity during the financial crisis
  • Cuteness
  • Gender studies
  • Climate catastrophes in the media


Dr. Kathleen Loock

Department of Political and Social Sciences
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Culture

Fabeckstraße 15, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 629 21
Emailkathleen.loock@fu-berlin.de
HomepageDr. Kathleen Loock

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. American popular culture, especially serial forms
  • Film and media history, especially remakes, sequels, and prequels in Hollywood cinema
  • Christopher Columbus in US-American cultural history, Columbus Day, holidays


Dr. Martin Lüthe
Professor of North American Studies

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Culture

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 594 03
Emailmartin.luethe@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Martin Lüthe

Areas of Expertise

  • African American studies
  • Gender studies
  • Popular culture
  • History of the mass media
  • Pop music


Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 599 36
Emailelena.meyer-clement@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement

Areas of Expertise

  • Political, economic, and social change in the PRC, in particular:
    • Urbanization
    • Transformation of rural areas
    • Chinese Communist Party
    • Private enterprise
    • Cultural policy


Dr. Carola Richter
Professor of Political Science

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute for Media and Communication Studies
International Communication

Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 58898
Emailcarola.richter@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Carola Richter

Areas of Expertise

  • Arab media (al-Jazeera, Egypt, Libya)
  • Protest movements in the Arab world, Islamists
  • Foreign reporting
  • Image of Islam
  • Media and the Middle East conflict
  • Media and migration / refugees


Dr. Anita Traninger
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 550 06
Emailanita.traninger@fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Anita Traninger

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric (history, theory, and practice)
  • History of universities
  • History of education
  • Gender studies
  • Spanish literature
  • French literature
  • History of emotions


Dr. Joachim Trebbe
Professor of Media Analysis

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Division of Media Analysis / Research Methods

Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 578 75
Emailtrebbe@zedat.fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Joachim Trebbe

Areas of Expertise

  • The use of media and its effects (campaigns, advertising, change of attitude)
  • Media content (television, Internet, press): program structures, media mechanisms, news selection, celebrity reporting
  • Media, political communication, election campaigns, scandals
  • The media and migration (the use of media by immigrants; representation of immigrants in the media)
  • Religion in the media


Torsten Tschacher
Professor of Islamic Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Islamic Studies

Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 653 64
Emailtorsten.tschacher@fu-berlin.de
HomepageJun.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Tschacher

Areas of Expertise

  • Islam in South Asia
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • Indians in Southeast Asia


Dr. Bryan van Sweringen

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Dept. of History and Dept. of Political Science

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Emailalterami@zedat.fu-berlin.de
HomepageDr. Bryan van Sweringen

Areas of Expertise

  • World War I and World War II
  • U.S. national security policy from 1917 to 2010
  • Occupation in Germany and Berlin by the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Stationing of U.S. forces in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Military tradition in the U.S.
  • Political cabaret


Dr. Harald Wenzel
Professor of Sociology

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Sociology

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)+49 30 838 527 02
Emailwenzelha@zedat.fu-berlin.de
HomepageProf. Dr. Harald Wenzel

Areas of Expertise

  • (Mass) media in the U.S.
  • (Mass) media and popular culture
  • Politainment: politicians as actors
  • Sociology of prominence
  • Sociology of the public
  • What is the role of mass media during election campaigns?
  • Religion in the U.S.
  • Sociology of disasters and disaster reporting