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Prof. Dr. Nicole Waller

Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Universität Potsdam


Campus am Neuen Palais
Building 19, room 1.20
14469 Potsdam


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Academic Background

Prof. Dr. Nicole Waller is a researcher in American Studies, which includes various intersections such as Caribbean studies, colonial American history and literature, Arab American literature and culture and more. She received her M.A. and PhD from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and an M.A. from the City University of New York. Nicole has 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. She held professorships at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Juniorprofessur), Georg-August-University Göttingen (as interim professor), and Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg.

Research Interests

  • Atlantic studies
  • Caribbean studies
  • colonial American history and literature
  • Arab American literature and culture
  • the American relationship with Islam
  • transnational American studies
  • postcolonial theory. 

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Selected Publications 


  • Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Film, Television and Games. Ed. with Gerold Sedlmayr. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014. Print.
  • American Encounters with Islam in the Atlantic World. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011. Print.