Postgraduate & Early Career

Postgraduate Forum

This page has been established with the specific role of facilitating postgraduate links across Europe. Please see below for information on various postgraduate contacts. Many of them are postgraduate students themselves but some countries are still in the process of choosing a postgraduate representative and therefore faculty may currently be responsible for liaising with their country's postgraduate students.

This is also a unique opportunity to post information about postgraduate specific news (such as events, awards or conferences) in individual European countries. In order to display such news, please contact the webmaster at Note that the list of "other conferences" on this site specifically mentions the graduate or postgraduate conferences. Just type "graduate conference" in the search box and you will get the list of all the graduate or postgraduate conferences currently scheduled.

Austria’s Young Americanists (AYA) is a network for graduate students and early career researchers of American Studies across Austrian universities. It is designed to enhance the communication between students and offers an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects. The network is affiliated with the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS, represented by Silvia Schultermandl: and part of a general initiative undertaken by the European Association for American Studies in order to make PhD level research across Europe more transparent. For more information as well as the current AYA board members, please see their website at or contact them via email (

Hedejeh Mohammad ( is currently enrolled in the American Studies program at Ghent University and serves as the postgraduate representative for the Belgian Luxembourg American Studies Association. 

There are four contacts who are in charge of doctoral students for the AFEA, all of whom are professors rather than postgraduate students. These are: François Brunet (, Naomi Wulf (, Hélène Aji (, and François Specq ( Anne Ullmo ( is the General Secretary of AFEA and can also be a contact.

Lea Espinoza Garrido ( and Jiann-Chyng Tu ( are the current postgraduate representatives of the German Association of American Studies (GAAS) in Germany. The Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the GAAS is a loosely organized network of early career researchers from all disciplines affiliated with the field of American Studies in Germany. Since its founding in 1989, the PGF has not only continuously grown in size, but has also evolved into a forum that enables early career Americanists to share, discuss, and publish their own research as well as to participate in debates concerning the politics and practices of American Studies in Germany and beyond. Please see the PGF page on the GAAS website for more information.

Dr. Thomas Mantzaris ( is the Young Scholar Representative for the Hellenic Association for American Studies (2023-2027). He is currently an Affiliated Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and his research interests include multimodal fiction and experimental narratives, photography and design in literary writing, and the changing book medium in the digital age. For more information on the research-related activities of HELAAS Young Scholars, visit:

Sarah McCreedy and Maria Manning ( are the representatives of the Postgraduate Group of the Irish Association For American Studies. 

Italy has established, within the Italian Association for American Studies (AISNA), its own Postgraduate Forum, counting for now more than 50 graduate and post-graduate students from all over the country, enrolled both in MA and PhD programs. The name is "AISNA Graduate Students Forum." Forum members can be contacted at this e-mail address: On-line page:

Alf Tomas Tønnessen ( is the Norwegian postgraduate representative in Norway and is currently completing a PhD in political history and the conservative movement.

Dr. Pawel Jedrzejko ( currently works at the University of Silesia in Katowice and serves as a liaison with postgraduate students in Poland.

Dana Mihailescu ( is the postgraduate representative in the Romanian Association of American Studies, and is currently studying for a PhD (The Contingency of Double Identity: The East European in Early 20th Century Jewish American Fiction) at the University of Bucharest.

Professor Larisa Mikhailova ( who serves as RSAS Secretary can act as a liaison with postgraduate students in Russia.

Dr. Esther Álvarez ( from the Universidad de Oviedo is the secretary of SAAS and Cristina Alsina Rísquez ( Board Member for AEDEAN can act as liaison for Spanish post-graduates.

Professor Philipp Schweighauser ( is the Secretary of SANAS and a contact for Swiss postgraduates.


Duygu Beste Başer-Özcan ( is the treasurer and postgraduate/junior scholar representative for the American Studies Association of Turkey. She is a PhD student and research assistant at Hacettepe University’s Department of American Culture and Literature in Ankara, Turkey. She specializes in American drama, and has published articles on Wendy Wasserstein's plays in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey and elsewhere. Her current research deals with disability in American drama. 

United Kingdom
Katerina Webb-Bourne ( is a PhD student at the King's College London and the postgraduate representative for BAAS. Stuart Salmon is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow and is the postgraduate representative to the Scottish Association. He can be contacted on


Further Information:
If you can think of anyone else who should be approached for this webpage, please do not hesitate to let the webmasters know at

To date, the Belgian Luxembourg Association for American Studies does not have a post-grad representative. There is also currently no such representative in the Czech Republic.