Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Welcome to a new member of the department in the summer term 2018


American Studies



Jasper J. Verlinden

jasper-verlinden.jpgJasper Verlinden completed his M.A. in English and North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2014 with a thesis on “Affect, Emotion, and the Critical Investment in Melville’s Bartleby.” Between 2014 and 2017 he was a fellow in the DFG-funded research group “Fictions of Management: American Literature and Managerialism, 1875-1925” at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. And in 2017 he spent five months as a visiting scholar at the Department of English at UC Berkeley. He has written on Trans Studies in a chapter titled “Transgender Bodies and Male Pregnancy: The Ethics of Radical Self-Refashioning,” published in the volume Machine: Bodies, Genders, Technologies, edited by M. Michaela Hampf and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber in 2012, and on Affect Theory in a short article titled “Affect Theory’s Hidden Histories: Toward a Technological Genealogy” which appeared in American Quarterly in 2017 as part of a special forum on affect and disability. He is currently joining the Department of English and American Studies as a lecturer and is writing his dissertation project, “Administering the Nation: Bureaucratic Governance, Racial Formation, and Multi-Ethnic American Literature in the Era of Assimilation and Exclusion,” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elahe Haschemi Yekani. His project looks at the literary productions of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Native American and Asian American writers in relation to the increased bureaucratization of society and settler colonial processes of racialization. His research interests include Settler Colonialism and Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Queer and Transgender Studies, Disability Studies, and the Literary and Cultural Study of Law and Bureaucracy.