Welcome to the Obama Institute
for Transnational American Studies!


The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a dynamic and wide-ranging program in both research and teaching for all students interested in topics related to the Americas in a global context.

With a special focus on interculturality, transnationalism, and interdisciplinarity, our expertise lies in the fields of Early American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Life Writing/Life Sciences, Political & Intellectual History, Film & Media Studies, Religion and American Culture, and Materiality.


Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies
University of Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-22146

The American Short Story: New Horizons

Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany October 5-7, 2017 Throughout its history, the American short story has been praised either as a highly polished gem or condemned as literary fast food. Despite such rise-and-fall predictions, the short story has always... read more

Prof. Reiner Smolinski (Georgia State University, Atlanta) Lecture with Professor Reiner Smolinski on 20 December 2016: “Warfare between Science and Religion? The Boston Smallpox Inoculation Crisis of 1720/21” 20 December 2016 4 p.m – 6 p.m. (16-18... read more

Doctoral Fellowships in Medicine and the Humanities

The newly founded research training group “Life Sciences – Life Writing” (GRK 2015/1), starting April 1, 2017, is advertising Doctoral Fellowships in Medicine and the Humanities (m/f), Reference 797/16. As part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research... read more