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Katharina Vester

Assistant Professor
Department of History

  • Katharina Vester is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in everyday practices. She was Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Bochum from 2002-2007, where she earned her Ph.D. summa cum laude. She holds an MA in American Culture from the University of Potsdam and the Free University of Berlin. She is completing a book manuscript on the construction of identity narratives and resistance to hegemonic norms of gender, race and sexuality in culinary discourses.
    Her most recent publications include "Regime Change: Gender, Class, and the Invention of Dieting in Post-Bellum America" in the Journal of Social History (Fall 2010) and "Queer Appetites, Butch Cooking – Recipes for Lesbian Subjectivities," Queers in American Popular Culture, edited by Jim Elledge (Praeger, 2010). She is the editor, with Kornelia Freitag, of Another Language: Poetic Experiments in Britain and North America, in series: Transnational and Transatlantic American Studies (LIT Verlag, 2008).
  • Degrees

    PhD, American Studies, University of Bochum
    MA, American Culture, University of Potsdam and Free University of Berlin
  • Languages Spoken:

    Fluent in English and German, State certificate in Latin and ancient Greek, Reading knowledge of Spanish

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  • Fall 2014

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Food, Media, and Culture
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  • Spring 2015

    • AMST-320 American Cultural History: Nineteenth Century Culture
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