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
  • Can Çakır
    Marxism; anarchism; utopian and dystopian studies; ideology critique; science fiction studies
  • Gulsin Ciftci
    Literary Theory; Theories of Reading; Affect and Public Feeling; 21st Century Novel; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Social Media Literacy; Trauma Studies; Contemporary American Poetry
  • 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 Felipe Espinoza Garrido
    Transnational film and media studies (Europe/Britain, Africa, Latin America, North America), Empire in the long nineteenth century, neo-Victorian studies, popular culture, 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. Evi Heinz
    Twentieth-century print culture; modernism and the avant-garde; periodical studies; small press publishing; translation and networks of cultural dissemination
  • Dr. Caroline Kögler
    Postcolonial literature and theory; crossovers between academic discourse and marketing; (post-)empire and sexuality

  • Dr. Leopold Lippert
    American theater and performance studies; transnationalism and neoliberal cultures; early American literature; queer and sexuality studies; affect and public feeling

  • Rita Maricocchi
    Multilingual literature; Translation Theory; Anglophone and Germanophone intertextualities; Postcolonial graphic novels & comics; Museum studies; Memory Studies

  • 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
    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

  • 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. Silvia Schultermandl
    American Studies; literary theory; novels and life writing; kinship; transnational feminism; affect and aesthetics

  • Peri Sipahi
    Climate fiction; Postcolonial Ecocriticism; (Climate) Migration; Environmental justice; Precarity studies; Indigenous literatures

  • Prof. Dr. Alfred Sproede (Sen. Prof., 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. Mark Stein (M.A. NTS programme director)
    English literature; Postcolonial, Transnational and Transcultural Studies, as well as African, Black British, Caribbean and South Asian literature and culture

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

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

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

  • AOR Dr. Barbara Winckler
    Professor for Modern Arabic Literature and Culture








International Guest Professors

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

  • 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