The core modules on this M.A. programme are taught by the English Department.
Courses from other departments are also an integral part of the programme. At one of the largest universities in Germany, there is a wide range of disciplines available. In the past, our students have chosen courses in fields like Anthropology, German Studies, Spanish, History, Sociology and Political Science.

Below, you find a list of some of the staff members of the English Department and other departments who are involved in the M.A. programme "National and Transnational Studies", along with their teaching and research fields.
Information on additional staff members can be found on the websites of the English Department and other departments.

  • Ellen Barth
    Amateur and non-traditional publishing; the book in transnational contexts; book illustrations; the digital book; women in book history
  • Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert:
    North American History, Ethnic/Migration History, History of American Indians, Film and History, History of (Civil) Religion

  • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber:
    Varieties of English world-wide, sociolinguistics, Pidgins and Creoles, language and media

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Diedrich (em.):
    American Studies; African American Studies; American ethnic literatures and cultures; Gender Studies; Black Atlantic and Germany

  • AR Silja Fehn:
    Foreign language acquisition, focussing on language loss and language attrition; the mental lexicon; writings by children of Jewish holocaust survivors
  • Felipe Espinoza Garrido, MA:
    British cinema, Post-Thatcherism, Transnational film and media studies, Transmediality, Genre theory, Contemporary British Literature, African European studies

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut:
    Phonetics and phonology of English; the development and structure of the world-wide varieties of English; second and third language acquisition; second language teaching, especially teaching with language corpora; corpus linguistics und sociolinguistics
  • Johanna Hartmann:
    Sociolinguistics, language attitudes, language and migration, the new African diaspora, World Englishes
  • Dr. Caroline Kögler:
    Postcolonial literature and theory; crossovers between academic discourse and marketing; (post-)empire and sexuality

  • Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl
    Book culture; publishing; book infrastructure and cultural policy; book distribution (book sales clubs); the global book industry; translations; children’s books

  • Deborah Nyangulu, MA:
    Histories and theoretical foundations of nations, nationalisms, & transnationalisms; postgraduate research methods; contemporary African literature; critical and literary theory; masculinities; hashtag activism, new media & social movements

  • Fergus O'Dwyer:
    Dublin and Irish English, humour, sociolinguistics/language and identity, sociophonetics, sociopragmatics, World Englishes

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Greg Poarch:
    Bilingualism & multilingualism; second and third language acquisition; bilingual memory representation; executive functions; multilingual language processing & cross-language interaction

  • Dr. habil Franziska Quabeck:
    British literature and culture; literary theory; early modern drama; British empire writing; contemporary British narrative and drama

  • Rachael Rasing:
    African American literature; American drama; the postcolonial short story; cultural identity

  • Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky:
    Ethnic literatures in the United States and Canada, cultural theories, literary urban studies, literatures of migration, transcultural life writing

  • Dr. habil. Markus Schmitz (M.A. NTS programme co-director):
    Contemporary (Anglophone) Arab Representations, Global Comparativism, Relational Diasporic Studies, Cultural Imaginaries of Refuge, (Trans-)Migrancy and the Blogosphere, Literature and Visual Culture, Concept and Performance Art, (Post-)Orientalism/(Post-)Occidentalism, Cultural Resistance and Counter-Journalism

  • Prof. Dr. Alfred Sproede (Dept. of Slavic and Baltic Studies):   
    East European literatures from Early Modern to postcolonial/postcommunist times; literary theory (Russian Formalism, Czech Theories of Literary Evolution, Bakhtin); Legal Philosophy in Russia and Ukraine

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer:
    Literary and cultural theory, literary history, literature of the British Empire; British drama from the Renaissance to the present

  • Dr. Silke Stroh:
    Postcolonial theory; Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, African, Scottish and English literature and culture; minority cultures; film

  • Michael Westphal:
    Varieties of English worldwide, Anglophone Caribbean, Sociolinguistics, Language and media

  • Jun.- Prof. Dr. Barbara Winckler:
    Professor for Modern Arabic Literature and Culture

International Guest Professors

In the summer semester 2017, our international guest professor is:

  • Prof. Isidore Diala:
    Georg Forster-Senior Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Isidore Diala holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University Etiti (now: Abia State University, Uturu) Nigeria, and an M.A. in the same field from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His Ph.D. thesis on the fiction of the South African novelist André Brink was also written at the University of Ibadan. Beginning his university teaching career at Abia State University Uturu, Diala is currently Professor of African Literature in the Department of English, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. A Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Münster (hosted by the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies) from November 2010 – April 2012, Diala was also a Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom from October 2005 to March 2006.

In the past, international guest professors who have taught on this programme included:

  • Prof. Paul Spickard, PhD:
    visiting professor from the University of California, Santa Barbara,
    academic year 2008/09
    , summer semester 2011 and summer semester 2013
    American Studies; race and ethnicity in the United States and in comparative international perspective; Asian American history, culture, religion, gender, and family life; migration and identity in United States history and in modern world history; history and peoples of the Pacific; world history
  • Prof. Nilufer Bharucha, PhD:
    visiting professor from the University of Mumbai,
    academic year 2008/09
    , summer semester 2012 and winter semester 2012/13
    Postcolonial literatures and theories; the literature of the Raj; Applied Linguistics
  • Prof. Sridhar Rajeswaran, PhD:
    visiting professor from Kachchh University,
    academic year 2010/11,
    summer semester 2012 and winter semester 2012/13
    Postcolonial Studies; Indian literature and culture; South Asian diasporic literature and cinema (especially in the UK and USA); philosophy and literature; Irish literature