Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

CV & Research Fields

Eva Boesenberg studied German, English, and Indology in Freiburg and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation, Gender – Voice – Vernacular, explored the interrelations between orality, literacy, and black female identity formation in three novels by Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. She was subsequently Assistant Professor for American Studies at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, where she wrote her Habilitation on Money and Gender in the American Novel. She has been professor of North American Literature and Culture at Humboldt University since 2005.

She co-edited a volume on American Economies (with Martin Klepper and Reinhard Isensee) and edited Chancen und Grenzen des Dialogs zwischen den Geschlechtern. Approaches to American Studies, co-edited with Antje Dallmann and Martin Klepper, is scheduled to appear in late 2015; Asian German Studies?, with Mita Banerjee and Christine Vogt-William, is currently being compiled. Published articles focus on U.S.-American literature and culture from the 18th to the 20th centuries, African American literature and culture, the construction of whiteness, masculinities, and the cultural significance of sports, especially basketball.

Research interests include U.S.-American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, African American literature and culture, economics and/in literature, Gender Studies, South Asian North American women writers, Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies, Barbies, and Basketball.

Current projects are:

  • Representations of Arranged Marriages in South Asian North American Literature and Culture (book project with Mita Banerjee)
  • an edited volume on Asian German Studies (with Mita Banerjee and Christine Vogt-William)
  • Basketball and the Black Diaspora in Germany
  • The Cultural Significance of Sports in Transnational Perspective
  • The Development of African American Studies in Germany
  • Literature and Economics