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Prof. Dr. Nicole Waller


Campus Neues Palais 10
Building 19, room 1.20
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Office hours during the summer semester (Vorlesungszeit):
Wednesdays, 11-13:00

11-12: online. Please register in advance via Box UP:
Password: XEzdnqdyq3ycQT6

12-13: in person ( No prior registration needed.
Please note: there will be no office hours on Wednesday, May 29.

Call for applications:

2 PhD positions (starting January 2024) in the research project “Settler Decolonization on Country/Land: Rehearsing Collaboration”


I am professor for American Studies at the University of Potsdam. I received degrees from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (M.A. in American Studies, Modern History, and Comparative Literature; Ph.D. in American Studies) and the City University of New York (M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures). I have held teaching assistantships at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and Queens College, New York, a Ph.D. exchange fellowship at Columbia University, New York, and visiting/research fellowships at Louisiana State University and the American Antiquarian Society. I have held professorships at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Juniorprofessur), Georg-August-University Göttingen (as interim professor), and Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg. I am a member of the Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms, which seeks to establish new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies.

Research Interests

  •  Postcolonial and decolonial theory
  • Atlantic studies
  • Caribbean studies
  • American discourses on Islam
  • African American literature
  • American territorialities

My recent work revolves around issues of territoriality, Black geographies, and Indigenous sovereignty in North America.

Recently Co-Organized Conferences and Symposia

Selected Publications

with Verena Adamik and Mariya Nikolova. "Changeling Genres and the Glamour of the Human: Victor LaValle's The Changeling." Amerikastudien / American Studies 69.2 (2024): 153-69.

"Layered Maps: Carceral and Fugitive Archipelagos in Walter Mosley’s Down the River Unto the Sea." JTAS, 2023.  

"Marronage or Underground? The Black Geographies of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer." MELUS, 2022. 9cdae0ac8dd5.

with Jens Temmen. "Introduction: Mapping American Territorialities". Special Forum American Territorialities. Journal of Transnational American Studies 11.1 (Summer 2020). Ed. Jens Temmen and Nicole Waller.

with Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, and Dirk Wiemann. Postcolonial Literatures in English: An Introduction. Berlin: J.B. Metzler, 2019.

“‘Nonsovereign Histories’: Circumventing the Nation in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke.” Developing Transnational American Studies. Ed. Nadja Gernalzick and Heike Spickermann. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019. 145-60.

Connecting Atlantic and Pacific: Theorizing the Arctic.Atlantic Studies 15.2 (2018): 256-78. 

ed., with Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, and Dirk Wiemann. Postcolonial Justice. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2017. 

“‘Foreign in a domestic sense’: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World and Transnational American Studies.” Obama and Transnational American Studies. Ed. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016. 455-470.

“‘Multidisciplinary maps of unexpected designs’: Theorizing Atlantic Difference.” L’Atlantique littéraire: Perspectives théoriques sur la constitution d’un espace translinguistique. Ed. Jean-Marc Moura und Véronique Porra. Hildesheim: Olms, 2015.23-48.

ed., with Gerold Sedlmayr. Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Film, Television and Games. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014. 

“Common Ground? Neue Diskussionen über die Verbindungen zwischen Post-Kolonialismus und Ökokritik.” Übersetzt von Elisabeth Nechutnys. Just Politics: Ökokritische Perspektiven im Postkolonialen Raum. Ed. Lina Fricke, Elisabeth Nechutnys, Anna von Rath und Christoph Senft. Münster: UNRAST-Verlag, 2014. 17-41.

American Encounters with Islam in the Atlantic World. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011. 

“Divine Providence Doesn’t Generally Knock Twice’: Theorizing the Circum-Atlantic through Religious Cosmologies.” Religion in the United States. Hg. Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Christina Gerhardt and Michael Wala. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011. 143-51. 

“‘A garden in the middle of the sea’: Henry James’s The Aspern Papers and Transnational American Studies.” Living American Studies. Hg. Mita Banerjee et al. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010. 245-260. Republished inThe Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.2 (2011).

“Terra Incognita: Mapping the Detention Center in Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying and the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Boumediene v. Bush.” Atlantic Studies 6.3 (December 2009): 357-69.

“Arabs Looking Back: William Peter Blatty’s Autobiographical Writing.” Transnational American Memories. Ed. Udo Hebel. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2009. 129-144.

“Filmic Representations of Circum-Atlantic Complexities: Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.” ‘The Sea Is History’: Exploring the Atlantic. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Nicole Waller. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009. 123-137.

“‘Not for the overthrow of government’? Postcolonialism and Nationhood in an American Studies Perspective.” Postcolonial Studies et études francophones. Ed. Janos Riesz and Véronique Porra. Special Forum Neohelicon XXXV.2 (2008): 147-160.

“The Book of the Dead: Inscribing Torture into the Black Atlantic.” Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections. Hg. Annalisa Oboe and Anna Scacchi. New York: Routledge, 2008. 58-70.

“Refigurations of American Studies: On Transnationalizing the U.S.” Amerikastudien/American Studies at 50. Amerikastudien/American Studies 50.1/2 (2005): 231-47.

Contradictory Violence: Revolution and Subversion in the Caribbean. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005.