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Dr Astrid Haas

Marie Curie Research Fellow
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Astrid Haas joined the University of Central Lancashire in September 2019 as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Black Atlantic Research. Here, she engages in research on African diaspora autobiography from the Americas and their interactions with the Black Atlantic.

Marie Curie Research fellows are sponsored by the European Union for a time period of two years to carry out a larger research project. Astrid's research at the University of Central Lancashire explores different forms of black people's mobility across the Americas during the Age of Revolutions and its immediate aftermath (1760-1860). For this purpose, Astrid studies black-authored autobiographies from the era. For more information, please view the project page.

Astrid studied English and American Studies, Art History, and Modern History at the University of Münster, Germany, and the College of William and Mary, USA. Afterwards, she held postdoctoral research and teaching positions in Germany until coming to the University of Central Lancashire in 2019. From 2007-2010 she was a member and assistant co-ordinator of the research group “E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas” at Bielefeld University. Afterwards, she held a research fellowship of the German Research Foundation to write her postdoctoral monograph (2011-2014). From 2008-2019, she also lectured North American and Inter-American Studies in Bielefeld and at the University of Wuppertal. In 2019, she further taught Academic Writing at the University of Giessen.

Astrid's research focuses on the black diaspora in the Americas, Inter-American travel writing, Mexican and German migration, American theatre, gender and science studies. In 2012, she was a visiting fellow at the Instituto Mora and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Since 2011, she has also been an affiliate member of the Center for Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. Astrid has published two monographs, three special issues and edited volumes, and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. Her first book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation, Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (Winter Verlag, 2011). The volume examines the specific contributions of American stage drama to the discourse on HIV/AIDS in the USA from the mid-1980s through the late 1990s in its thematic, formal, and political heterogeneity. Her second monograph, Lone Star Vistas: Travel Writing on Texas, 1821-1861, studies how travelogues from different countries depict this US-Mexican border region and its diverse population during a formative period of its history (U of Texas P, 2021). For more information on her work, consult her website.