Daniel Stein has been a Research Associate at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University Berlin since the fall of 2013. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Göttingen in 2009 with a dissertation on Louis Armstrong as an intermedial autobiographer, which was published as Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz (University of Michigan Press, 2012). Daniel has been a member of the Research Unit “Popular Seriality – Aesthetics and Practice” (funded by the German Research Foundation) since 2010. His first project in the Research Unit is a monograph tentatively titled Authorizing Superhero Comics: On the Serial Evolution of an American Genre, which he will complete this year. His new project is titled "Serial Politicization: On the Cultural Work of American City Mysteries, 1844-1860." Daniel's recent publications include the two co-edited volumes Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads (Bloomsbury, 2013) and From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative (De Gruyter 2013). Daniel is also the 2013 recipient of the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for outstanding scholarly achievements.