Klaus Benesch is Professor of English and American Studies at LMU Munich. He was a 2004 Mellon Fellow at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas (Austin), and has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Weber State University (Utah), École normale supérieure (Lyon), the University of Bordeaux, Montaigne, and at Venice International University (San Servolo). From 2006 through 2013, he was Director of the Bavarian American Academy, Munich. He served as member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of American Studies Online (published by Johns Hopkins University Press) and is general editor (with Miles Orvell, Jeffrey Meikle, and David Nye) of 'Architecture/Technology/Culture' (ATC), a monograph series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Major publications: Rethinking the American City: An International Dialogue (editor/2014); Culture and Mobility (editor/2013); Scientific Cultures – Technological Challenges: A Transatlantic Perspective (editor/2009); The Power and Politics of the Aesthetic in American Culture (editor/2007); Space in America: Theory, History, Culture (editor/2005); African Diasporas in the New and Old Worlds: Consciousness and Imagination (editor/2004, second edition 2006); The Sea and the American Imagination (editor/20014); Romantic Cyborgs: Authorship and Technology in the American Renaissance (2002/paperback 2010); Technology and American Culture (editor/1996), and The Threat of History: Geschichte und Erzählung im afroamerikanischen Roman der Gegenwart (1990).