On this platform, our students and graduates can present their academic profiles and research projects to a wider audience.
Students who wish to create an entry are welcome to submit their drafts here.
First year students
Katherine Draheim grew up in Roxas city, Philippines. She received her BA in Mass Communications, cum laude, at Central Philippine University, Iloilo City, Philippines (2010-2014) and studied for a BA in Communication Science at the University of Münster, Germany (2015-2016). After completing her BA in the Philippines, she worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). Now, a first year student of the MA National and Transnational Studies program, her focus is on Diasporas studies and Language.
Annie Hunter is originally from Bristol, United Kingdom, but studied a Joint Honours BA degree in German and Music at the University of Nottingham (2009-2013) and went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in Modern Languages, also at the University of Nottingham (2015). She is now in her first year of the MA National and Transnational studies, focusing on Literary and Cultural studies.
Gabriella Wong is from Hong Kong and studied her B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong (2012-2015) with an exchange semester in English Literature at the University of Koblenz-Landau. She has completed an internship at Art Basel and is now focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies.
Second year students
Joo Ae Bae is from Seoul, South Korea and studies the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster with a focus on Migration and Minority Studies. She completed her BA in Global Cooperation as her major and Entrepreneurship as her minor at Sookmyung University, Korea (2010-2014). During her BA, she did a total of three semesters abroad at John Cabot University (Rome, Italy) and Malaga University (Malaga, Spain).
Ellen Barth is an American residing in Germany since 2008. Currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, she has previously completed a BA in Asian Languages and Literatures (2003-2008) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Alice Bauer is from the United States and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies program. She previously earned her BA in German and Spanish Studies at Occidental College (2006-2011). In 2004-2005 she participated in the Rotary International Exchange program to Quito, Ecuador and later studied abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2009-2010) during undergrad. She will be taking an internship at Parkstone International publishing house in Vietnam while working with contemporary art galleries to study censorship and identity in Spring 2016.
Maike Dinger studied Cultural Studies (focus on Literary Studies and Art/Visual Culture) and Philosophy at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany, and the University of St Andrews, UK. After completing her BA (2012-2015), she joined the University of Münster where she is currently participating in the first year of the MA.
Selin Erbak is from Istanbul, Turkey. She completed her BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies at Yeditepe University, Turkey (2010-2014) and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, with a focus on culture.
Anika Gerfer is from Cologne, Germany. She completed her BA in English and French Philology at the University of Münster, Germany (2012-2015). She is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, specialising on Sociolinguistics.
Marziyeh S. Ghoreishi is from Iran and is enrolled in the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster with a focus on Literary and Cultural Studies. She has a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature. Her particular interests are Cultural Studies, History and Literature.
Chanoknun Hemachandra is from Bangkok, Thailand, and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster, with a focus on Literary and Cultural Studies. She previously studied German Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, where she completed her BA (2006-2010).
Antar Rashiq Keith is from Beacon, New York, United States. He is currently in his first year of the MA in National and Transnational Studies program at with a focus on Literary and Cultural Studies. He previously completed his BA in English Literature and Secondary Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz, US (2009-2012).
Maryna Kostyk is from Uzhhorod, Ukraine. She completed her BA in English Language and Literature at the Uzhhorod National University and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, specializing in Literary Studies.
Theresa Krampe is from Coesfeld-Lette, Germany, and completed her BA in British and American Studies with Law as a minor subject at Bielefeld University, Germany (2012-2015). She is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster, focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies.
Erin Kummer graduated from Lake Forest College (IL, USA) with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French. She is in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster, specialising in Literary Studies.
Tan Lingyue is from Jinan, China. She completed her BA in English Language and Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China (2011-2015), with a minor degree in Economics. In the MA National and Transnational Studies, her focus is on Linguistics.
LAU Ka Man, Darlene, is from Hong Kong, and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, focusing on Linguistics. She previously studied Translation at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she completed her BA (2004 - 2008).
Yamuna Matheswaran grew up across different parts of India. She completed her MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2010-2012) and is in her first year of the MA.
Evgeniia Ofimkina is from Moscow, Russia, and is in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster, with a focus on Linguistics. She completed her BA in Oriental and African Studies at Moscow State University, Russia (2009-2013).
Brian Parkinson is from St. Louis, Missouri, United States, and currently in his first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies Program at the University of Münster, Germany, with a focus on international relations and cultural literature. He previously studied Cultural Anthropology and Modern Languages at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, in partnership with Washington University (also in St. Louis) and at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He completed his Bachelor degrees with honors between 2011 and 2014. From 2014 to 2015, he was an instructor at the German School Association of St. Louis, Missouri, teaching classes in German language and culture, and delivering lectures on 19th century German-American identities and on Goethe’s concept of World Literature.
Katarina Rankovich is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She completed her BA in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin and is currently in her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies, focussing on Linguistics.
Noemi Schreiner is from Münster, Germany, and currently a first year student of the MA National and Transnational Studies at the WWU, with a focus on Literary and Cultural Studies. She has previously completed her BA in English and Spanish philology at the University of Münster (2012-2015), a time during which she studied one semester at the Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño (Spain).
Diana Sorokina is from Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical University (English department) and has experience of working in international IT-companies and in the sphere of international tourism. Her main fields of interest are multicultural relations, transnationalism, globalisation and language ideology.
Veronica Vanessa is from Jakarta, Indonesia, currently completing her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies. Having lived in Singapore for 8.5 years, she previously studied European Studies at the National University of Singapore, where she completed her BA (2011-2014). Her interests lies in varieties of English, postcolonial languages and transnationalism.
Whilst the MA has been going since 2006, the “student” page was launched in its current form only in 2016. Our list of Alumni profiles is not comprehensive, therefore, but will expand as current students graduate.
MA thesis: "Black Beauty Aesthetics: Combating American Beauty Constructions of the Past With Art of the Present"
Jessica Sanfilippo Schulz
M.A. thesis: "Judging a Book by its Author: Publishers’ Strategies of Representing Biographical Details of Third Culture Authors"
The following MA theses were completed here:
British South Asian Film and the construction of Home and Belonging
Interpretations of the Third Space and Hybridity in the Short Stories of Jhumpa Lahiri
The Slave Mother and the American Nation - Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Toni Morrison's Beloved
The Doubling, Dividing and Interchanging of the Self in James Cameron's ''Avatar''
Security and freedom - negotiating national belonging? The 2009 elections in Germany
Poetic politics: May Ayim and Linton Kwesi Johnson challenging the racially exclusive nation
Narrating the Kanaka Maoli Self - Neo-Coloniality, Subalternity, and Indigenous Historiography in Contemporary Hawai!
Weder Mexikanisch noch Amerikanisch: Stereotypische Darstellungen von Chicana-Frauen in Amerikanischen main-stream Filmen.
Cultural Aspects of Nation-building and National Identity in Vanuatu
(M)Other and Militant, Munition and Make-up: Discursive Constructions of the Female LTTE Militant Figure
Black Beauty Aesthetics: Combating American Beauty Constructions of the Past With Art of the Present
Sojourn Heroism - Identity Negotiation in the Memoirs of Two Former Peace Corps China Volunteers
Representations of Study Abroad in Film: A Psychological Perspective
Your Dream, My Nightmare: Buchi Emecheta's The Rape of Shavi and Ben Okri's Astoristing the Gods as Postcolonial Utopias
National Identity, Literature, and Collective Transgenerational Trauma in Chechen History
Self, Identity and Hispanic Youth in U. S. Public Schools
Negotiation of Cultural and National Identity: The Role of Carnival in the Work of Espinet and Lovelace
Conviviality in the Postcolony: A Case of Three African Novels
Voicing Integration: A Comparative Qualitative Study of the (Self-)Perception of Integration among FörderschülerInnen and in German Government Representations
Sudanese British Fiction in Transition: Postcolonial Re-Inventions of Home and Abroad in the Works of Tayeb Salih and Leila Aboulela
Mediating the Rugby Nation: The Construction of New Zealand's National Identity in Newspaper Coverage.
Digital Diaspora - New Media and the (Re-)Making of a Palestinian Homeland
Voices of the Authors: The Empowering Potential of Urban Fiction
Judging a Book by its Author: Publishers´ Strategies of Representing Biographical Details of Third Culture Authors
Images of Germany: Personal Experience Accounts from American Residents
Contested Politics of Ethnic Identity: The Tamang in Nepal
Urban Encounters from a Migrant Perspective: The Flaneur in Teju Cole's Open City.
Imagining Communities During the American Civil War: The Represenation of the Draft Riots in the New York Times
Immigration Rhetoric in the Public Controversy Surrounding AZ S.B. 1070
A comparative analysis of daughter-mother relations in transnational adoptee literature: "Airports", "flights" and "open spaces" in Korean adoptee life writing
Negotiating the German - American Experience: Cultural Hybridity in the novels The Master Butchers singing Club by Louise Erdrich and The Vision of Emmy Blau by Ursula Hegi
From "Yellow Peril" to "Model Minority"
Ghosts of the Haunted Past? Native American Gothic Features in Select Novels by Louise Erdrich
Identity Formation in Contemporary Iranian-American Diasporic Novels
Women Writing Men. The construction of Black Masculinity through Black male focalizers by Black Canadian women writers
Tutejsas'c' as the Third Space of Belarusian National Identity: A Postcolonial Reading of the "Here" in Narratives of Belarusian National Identification
The Media Coverage on Female Marriage Migrants from Southeast Asia in Taiwan and Germany - A Comparative Analysis.
Second Language Acquisition by Iranian Transmigrants in the UK
Queering the Irish in Breakfast on Pluto
'Chicana' Identity in Jaime Hernandez' Love and Rockets. Comparing Race, Sexuality and Class in the Comic Series to Chicana Feminist Discourse
Migration Museum and the Nation-State: Germany's Loss or Gain?
The Straight Mestiza: Women in post-Anzaldua Chicana Literature
Xenophobia under the Rainbow - Migrants in Post-Apartheid South African Fiction
The Notion of Home and Belonging of the Contemporary African Diasporic Writing in the USA: Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie and the Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
Diasporic Constructions in Queer Film
And here, in fact, we are: Blank space in contemporary cartographic and archival practices.
Taking a Transnational Perspective: Visual Tropes and Visual Rhetoric in Shaun Tan's Picture Books The Rabbits, The Lost Thing and The Arrival
Conceptions of Indigeneity in Thomas King's work
Monstrosity in Search of Humanity: Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Popular Adaptions, and the Ambiguity of Islamic Fundamentalism in Post-9/11 Representation
Ukraine's National Identity in the Media. Representations of Ukraine Before and After the 2014 Presidential Elections
Racial Melancholia in Asian American Literature
Advocating Indigenous Self-Determination: Reading Larissa Behrendt's Home
From East to West: Transnational Migration in Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories
OFNEO-MUSLIMS AND DRAMAQUEENS: Staging Female German-Turkish Identities In Feridun Zaimoglu's And Günter Senkel's Schwarze Jungfrauen (2006)
Manipulation of the Linguistic Form and Orientalist Discourse in Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha
Documenting American Life: Walker Evans's Photography for the Farm Security Administration
From Uncompleted Passage to Endless Transition: A Fictionalization of Benjamin's Concept of History in Anna Seghers's Transit
My(Self) between Dos Lenguas: Code-switching and the Dominican-American "I" in Julia Álvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Angie Cruz's Soledad and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Attitudes of Armenian and German students towards Native and Non-Native Varieties of English