Welcome to the
Transnational American Studies Institute!


The Transnational American Studies Institute (future Obama Institute) 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.


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

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