Tobias Auböck
Tobias Auböck is a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, where he also received his Diploma in English and American Studies, specializing in American Barbary Coast captivity narratives. From October 2013 to March 2014, he worked as an assistant at the American Corner Innsbruck, an information platform that is anchored at the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck and the US embassy in Vienna. Since spring 2014, he has been research assistant for the FWF-funded project European Slaves: Christians in African Pirate Encounters (ESCAPE: Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives 1550-1780).

Miriam Auer
Miriam completed her dissertation on “Poetry in Motion and Emotion” in winter 2014, followed by her PhD thesis defense in spring 2015. In October 2014 her first novel “Hinter der Zeit” was published. She is currently working as an external lecturer for literature studies at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt and as a creative writer.

Petra Eckhard
Petra was a founding member of AYA and a board member from fall 2007 until fall 2011. She is the author of Chronotopes of the Uncanny: Time and Space in Postmodern New York Novels (2011) and co-editor of Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory (2010) and Localizing Global Phenomena: The Contact Spaces of American Culture (2012). Currently, Petra is an assistant professor (non-tenure track) in the Department of Architectural Theory, History of Art, and Cultural Studies at the Graz University of Technology.

Michael Fuchs
Michael was a board member from fall 2007 until spring 2012 and our website’s content manager from fall 2007 until fall 2013. In spring 2012, he earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Graz with a dissertation on metatextuality in horror movies. Currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Siegen, Michael has co-edited Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory (2010), Placing America: American Culture and Its Spaces (2013), and ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity (2013). His current work can be found on his website, http://www.fuchsmichael.net.

Saskia Fürst
Saskia holds a B.A. in German Studies, Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies from Rice University, Houston, Texas. She received a Diploma in English and American Studies, specializing in Gender and American Cultural Studies, from the University of Graz in 2010. In 2011, she worked as a Research Fellow on the project “Gendering Boundary Work in Engineering” in coordination with the Center for Social Research at the University of Graz (financed by the Austrian National Science Fund). From 2011 to 2012, she was a Research and Teaching Associate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck. She is currently a Research and Teaching Associate in the English Department at the University of Salzburg. Her dissertation project focuses on the representations of older Black women in US media and literature.

Yvonne Kaisinger
Yvonne Kaisinger is a PhD candidate for English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria where she also works as a research and teaching associate. She is currently working on her dissertation “An Ocean of Words: The Interplay between Literature, Language, and the Environment on Caribbean and Pacific Islands.” Her research interests include postcolonial ecocriticism, gender studies, animal studies, and island studies. She recently completed editing a collection of essays on manifestos.

Cornelia Klecker
Cornelia was a board member from fall 2010 until fall 2014. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, where she teaches mostly American literature, American culture, film and television. From October 2009 to November 2010 she was the secretary of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS). Her publications include “Authentication Authority and Narrative Self-Erasure in Fight Club” in Amerikastudien / American Studies 59.1 (2014): 83-98, “Mind-Tricking Narratives: Between Classical and Art Cinema Narration” in Poetics Today 33:4 (Winter 2012): 625-52, and “Chronology, Causality, … Confusion: When Avant-Garde Goes Classic” in Journal of Film & Video 63.2 (Summer 2011): 11-27.

Martina Kögeler-Abdi
Martina is a PhD Student and adjunct lecturer at the American Studies Department at the University of Graz. She specializes in multi-ethnic US literatures, transnational American Studies and feminist/
postcolonial theory. In addition to a teaching degree in English, American, and Spanish Studies from the University of Graz, she holds an MA degree in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at SUNY Stony Brook, NY. She received a Fulbright grant to support her research during her MA studies and acquired experiences in academic publications as the co-editor of the book Interculturality: Practice meets Research and she has published an article on the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa in MELUS. Her current dissertation project examines Auto-Orientalisms in Arab American Literatures.

Judith Kohlenberger
Judith Kohlenberger has been a member of the AYA since 2009 and served in the board from July 2012 to November 2014. In June 2014, she graduated with a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna. Her dissertation, which explores legitimatory discourses of technoscience in American popular culture, was supported by a DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and an ‘Abschlussstipendium’ granted by the University of Vienna. A monograph of her doctoral thesis entitled The New Formula for Cool: Science, Technology, and the Popular in the American Imagination is forthcoming from transcript publishing in late 2015. Judith now works as program coordinator of the international Master of Science program “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy” at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Her research interests include gender and cultural theory, popular culture, North American film and television, cultural studies of science, eco-criticism and hemispheric approaches to the Americas. She lives in Vienna, Austria.

Leopold Lippert
Leo was a board member from summer 2010 until fall 2013. He is currently a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Vienna and working as a research and teaching assistant in the Department of American Studies of the University of Graz. His PhD project, tentatively entitled “Performing America Abroad,” deals with the ‘Americanness’ of Austrian cultural and academic practice. He has published on American drama and queer film and situates his research at the intersection of Queer Theory, Performance Studies, and Transnational American Studies.

Simone Puff
Simone was a board member from summer 2010 until fall 2013 and is the co-editor of Almighty Dollar: Papers and Lectures from the Velden Conference (2010). She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Graz and an associated researcher in the International Research Training Group “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces.”

Christian Quendler
Christian was a board member from spring 2008 until summer 2010. He is the author of From Romantic Irony to Postmodernist Metafiction: A Contribution to the History of Literary Self-Reflexivity in Its Philosophical Context (2001) and Interfaces of Fiction: Initial Framings in the American Novel from 1790 to 1900 (2010). He is currently Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of Innsbruck.

Silvia Schultermandl
Silvia was a founding member and board member from fall 2007 until summer 2010. She is the author of Transnational Matrilineage: Mother-Daughter Conflicts in Asian American Literature (2009) and co-editor of Localizing Global Phenomena: The Contact Spaces of American Culture (2012), Growing Up Transnational: Identity and Kinship in a Global Era (2011), and A Fluid Sense of Self: The Politics of Transnational Identity (2010). Currently, she is Assistant Professor in American Studies at the University of Graz.