Prof. Dr. Sarah Wasserman

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Assistant Professor

Lansstr. 7-9
Room 208
14195 Berlin

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Education and Employment 

2013-2014: Post-doc, North American Studies Program, University of Bonn

2012: PhD, English Department, Princeton University (with distinction)

          Dissertation: "Material Losses: Urban Ephemera in Contemporary American Literature

          and Culture"

          Advisors: Zahid Chaudhary, Anne Anlin Cheng, Valerie Smith

2008: Master of Arts, English, Princeton University (with distinction)

2006-2007: Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of Chicago

2005: Master of Arts, Humanities, University of Chicago  

2003: Bachelor of Arts, English and Biology, Kenyon College (magna cum laude)


Fellowships and Teaching Awards

2012: Annan Dissertation Fellowship, Princeton University

2011: Princeton University Department of English Teaching Award

2011: Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Princeton University

2009: Preyer Fellow in English Literature, Princeton University

2006: Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago


With Babette B. Tischleder, Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality and the Digital Age. Palgrave MacMillan (Forthcoming in early 2015).

The Death of Things: Ephemera in America (working title; manuscript in progress)


Articles and Chapters

 “Introduction” to Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality and the Digital Age. Palgrave MacMillan (With Babette B. Tischleder, Forthcoming in early 2015).

“Looking Away from 9/11: The Optics of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland.” Contemporary Literature(Summer 2014, Volume 55, Number 2)

“Ephemeral Gods and Billboard Saints: Don DeLillo's Underworld and Urban Apparitions.”Journal of American Studies, Available online May 2014. (Summer 2014) 

Book Review: Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction by Marni Gauthier.MFS Modern Fiction Studies. Volume 59, number 4. Winter 2013. 880-883.

“No Place Like Home: 9/11 Nostalgia and Spike Lee’s 25th Hour” REAL: Research in English and American Literature, Vol. 27. Series Eds. Winifried Fluck and Donald Pease. Tuebingen: Narr Verlag, 2011.


Selected Talks

“News From the Outside. Suspense, Seriality, Systems,” Respondent to Mark Seltzer. University of Cologne, July 2014.

“American Objects: The Twinkie,” University of Cologne, May 2014.

“Another Look at Coney Island,” ACLA Annual Conference, New York, March 2014.

“Artifactual Pleasures,” MLA Annual Conference, Chicago, January 2014 (Co-organizer of Panel: “Anecdote, Archive, Artifact: On Modernist Evidence”)

“Fun with the Future-Past: Amusement and Obsolescence in 1930s New York,” Cultures of Obsolescence in North America Conference, University of GöttingenJune 2013

“From Gatsby to Google Earth,” University of Pennsylvania, Invited Speaker, February 2013

“Ephemeral Gods and Billboard Saints,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Providence, March 2012

“9/11 Nostalgia and Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland,” University of Maryland, Invited Speaker, February 2012 

“Our Lady of the Underpass,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2011

“Reading Urban Apparitions,” JFK Institute of American Studies Annual Graduate Conference, Berlin, May 2011

“Building the World of Tomorrow: Futurity and Obsolescence at the 1939 New York World’s Fair,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, November 2010

“Vision, Assimilation, and Colonialism with a Difference in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland”American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, March 2010

“Hunky Tom’s Cabin: the Sexual Energy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Princeton University Works in Progress Series, April 2008