Susanne Hamscha is a native of Vienna and currently based with Fulbright Germany in Berlin. After the completion of her undergraduate courses at the University of Vienna’s Department of English and American Studies, she spent a year abroad at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Feminist Studies. Susanne earned her magister degree in 2007 and then applied to the PhD program at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2008 to 2011, she worked on her dissertation in Berlin, and her project was funded by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative passed by the federal and state governments. Susanne’s dissertation, which analyzes the construction of “Americanness” in “classic” US literature and contemporary popular culture, was published with Campus Verlag in 2013. After the completion of her doctoral degree, she taught and researched at the University of Goettingen and Columbia University before returning to Austria to assume a position at the University of Graz. In 2016 Susanne joined the team at Fulbright Austria to assist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, Susanne is the diversity coordinator for the Fulbright Program in Europe and Eurasia. In this capacity, she offers diversity trainings, workshops, and seminars for Fulbright commissions, grantees, and partner institutions, and you can contact Susanne if you have questions related to her work.
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