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Dr. Sunčica Klaas


Campus Neues Palais 10
Building 19, room 1.31
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Tuesdays, 10-12 (no office hours on October 15!)
Please register for an appointment in advance via email.


I studied American, English and German Studies at the University of Padua, Italy, where I graduated in 2002. From 2005 to 2014, I worked as a research assistant at the American Studies Program at the Humboldt University, Berlin, teaching a variety of courses on American literature and culture. In this period, I began my dissertation on human rights and the contemporary American autobiography, which I will be submitting in 2016. I joined the team of the English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam in 2015. 

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Dissertation Project

Dissertation project

Research Interests

My research interests include the interdependence of law and literature, life writing, transnational and gender studies as well as visual theory. In my research, I focus particularly on issues of race, class and gender as well on literary and cultural theories. My dissertation addresses the representation of human rights violations in contemporary American/transnational autobiography as well as the ideological and epistemic affiliation between the autobiographical and the human rights discourse. At present, I am also developing a project in the field of Atlantic and Postcolonial Studies. 


Articles in academic journals and edited collections

“Pain for a Daughter: Mothers and Daughters in the Work of Anne und Linda Sexton.“ Di Madre in Figlia. Storie di Donne tra Biografia e Letteratura. Ed. Anna Scacchi. Roma: Luca Sossella editore, 2005. Print.

“Those Tigers of Memory: Life-Writing in Exile.“ Cultural Memory and Multiple Identities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Identity Politics in the 20th Century. Transatlantic American Studies. Vol. 2. Ed. Rüdiger Kunow and Wilfried Raussert. London, Berlin, Hamburg, Muenster: LIT Verlag. 2005. Print.

“On Pens and Swords: Life-Writing as Socio -Political Engagement.” ZENAF Conference Proceedings. Frankfurt am Main: Zentrum für Nordamerika Forschung, Goethe-Universität, 2005. Print.

“Traveling Theorists: Edward Said and the Challenge of Intellectual Engagement within Humanism.“ Approaching SeaChanges: Metamorphoses and Migrations across the Atlantic. Ed. Annalisa Oboe. Padova: Unipress, 2005. 89 – 110. Print.