Fallzahl Standort Koblenz: 1 (Warnstufe Gelb bis 12.02.2021) Maßnahmenkonzept


Nicole Maruo-Schröder has been a professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau since 2013, where she teaches in the field of American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Didactics. She studied English, American, and German literature as well as history of arts at the University of Düsseldorf, Duke University, NC, and the University of California, Davis. In 2005 she earned her PhD with a dissertation on Spaces and Places in Motion: Spatial Concepts in Contemporary American Literature (Narr, 2006). She held research positions at the University of Stanford as well as Harvard University. Her research interests include material cultures (with a focus on nineteenth-century America), traveling and the body, concepts of space and place, and visual cultures (specifically contemporary American film). Her most recent publications are a co-edited special issue of the European Journal of American Studies on "Envisioning Justice: Mediating the Question of Rights in American Visual Culture" (2018) as well as collections on Young Adult Dystopian Literature (Winter, 2018) and Literature and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America (Winter, 2014). She is currently working on a monograph on commerce and consumption in antebellum American literature. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research group on Foodways (funded by the BMBF) and part of a research project on "Travel Writing and Corporeality."

Professor of Cultural Studies (American Studies), English Department (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik)

Associated member of the Department of Cultural Studies (Institut für Kulturwissenschaften)

Member of the research cluster "Esskulturen: Objekte, Praktiken, Semantiken" (co-speaker of the project on food, religion, and American literature, together with Prof. Dr. Michaela Bauks)

Associated member of the research cluster "Kulturelle Orientierung und Normative Bindung" (Schwerpunkt der Forschungsinitiative des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz)

Associated member of the "Centre for Research on Body Cultures in Motion" (BOCULT), Ghent University



  • Senate member (FB2)
  • Member of the task force "Hochschulentwicklung" (future development of the university)


  • Managing editor for the Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift
  • Speaker of the division "Material Cultures" (part of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft)
  • Mentor for several programs (e.g., Selma Meyer Mentoring Programm)
  • Referee/ manuscript reader for publishers/ journals and research organizations

Curriculum Vitae


studies at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf
English, American and German language and literature, history of art, German as a foreign language (DaF)
Degree: 1. Staatsexamen

1999-2004 lecturer, research and teaching assistant, American Studies Department (Prof. Dr. Herwig Friedl), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf
2004 Ph.D. (thesis: "Spaces and Places in Motion: Spatial Concepts in Contemporary American Literature")
2004-2005 teacher trainee (Studienreferendarin, Sekundarstufe I/II)
Degree: 2. Staatsexamen for English/German (Sek. I/II)
2005-2007 assistant professor, American Studies Department (Prof. Dr. Herwig Friedl), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf
2007-2012 assistant professor, English and American Studies Department (Prof. Dr. Christoph Ribbat), Universität Paderborn
2013 onwards full professor, English Department, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

Experience Abroad

1995-1996 Graduate student, English Dept., Duke University, NC (funded by the DAAD)
1998 exchange scholar, UC Davis, CA (Hedwig und Waldemar Hort-research scholarship)
2004 visiting scholar, Comparative Literature Dept., Stanford University, CA (funded by the DAAD)
2007 visiting scholar, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, MA
2009-2010 Fulbright American Studies Fellow, History of American Civilization Program, Harvard University, MA
2016 reader at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA


Professional Affiliations

German Association for American Studies (DGfA)

Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS, formerly ASNEL/GNEL)

European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment (EASLCE)

American Studies Association (ASA)

Modern Language Association of America (MLA)

Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (KWG)