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

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

Apply for the American Studies Summer School 2017!

American Studies Summer School 2017 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, SOUTHERN LITERATURE, AND SOUTHERN FOOD & MUSIC Apply for the American Studies Summer School! It will give you a unique and intensive research and learning opportunity in the United States focusing on... read more

Call for Papers: The American Short Story – New Horizons

Call for Papers In cooperation with the Society for the Study of the American Short Story, the American Literature Association, and the Obama Institute The American Short Story: New Horizons Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany October 5-7, 2017 Program... read more