Wil Verhoeven (Groningen University)

Wil Verhoeven is Professor of American Culture and Cultural Theory and Chair of the American Studies Department at Groningen University, the Netherlands. In 2003 he was Charles H. Watts II Professor in the History of the Book at Brown University, and he is currently an invited research scholar at the American Studies Department at Brown.

His publications include: Americomania and the French Revolution Debate in Britain, 1789-1800 (C.U.P., 2023); Gilbert Imlay: Citizen of the World (Pickering and Chatto, 2008); Editor, Revolutionary Histories: Transatlantic Cultural Nationalism, 1775-1815 (Palgrave, 2002); Co-editor, Epistolary Histories: Letters, Fiction, Culture (U of Virginia P, 2000); Co-editor, Revolutions & Watersheds: Transatlantic Dialogues, 1775-1815 (Rodopi, 1999). His current book projects include: The Revolution of America: The Ideological Origins of American Exceptionalism and Enemies of the State: Sedition and Resistance in the Trans-Allegheny West, 1776-1806.


Andrei Markovits (University of Michigan, Ann Abor)

Andrei S. Markovits, born in the West Romanian city of Timisoara to middle-class Hungarian speaking Jewish parents, has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor since 1999 where he is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies; as well as an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. A life-long student of comparative politics and political sociology, Markovits received all five of his post-secondary degrees at Columbia University from where he joined the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 1975 there to remain as a Fellow until 1992. Markovits has taught at a number of leading American universities as well as universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Israel. Markovits has won many prestigious fellowships and awards for his scholarship and teaching. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Leuphana Universitaet zu Lueneburg and was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as well as the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences of Stanford University. The catholicity of his academic interests includes European labor, social democracy and the left; the politics of social movements; European anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism; German-Jewish relations; comparative sports cultures in the advanced industrial world; and most recently women's role in and involvement with sports as well as the sociology of dog rescue in the United States.


José David Saldívar (Stanford University)

Department of Comparative Literature; Stanford University, Stanford, Ca. 94305

Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University (1983); BA, Literature Major (Combined English and Spanish Literature) Yale University (1977); University of California, Santa Cruz (Literature faculty, 1985-1994;University of California, Berkeley faculty 1994-2010; Duke University (Literature faculty, 2007-2008); Stanford faculty since January 2010.

Current and past positions:

  • Professor, Stanford University; Director, Center for Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CSRE); Stanford, 2011-present
  • Director, Program in Latino Studies in the Global South and Professor, Duke University 2007-2008
  • Departments of English & Literature, Duke University, 2007-2008
  • Formerly Class of 1942 Professor, Departments of Ethnic Studies and English, University of California, Berkeley, 1994-2010; Emeritus Class of 1942 Professor, 210-present, University of California, Berkeley
  • Chair, Ethnic Studies, UC, Berkeley, June 2000-July 2003


American Studies Association; Latin American Studies Association, Modern Languages Association, Western Literature Association

Honors and Awards

Personal research grants from The Ford Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, UC President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities; William Rice Kimball Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center; Class of 1942 Professor, UC, Berkeley (2000-2010); 2003 Distinguished Achievement Award for Literary and Cultural Criticism, Western Literature Association; 2005 Chicano Scholar of the Year, Modern Language Association; 2007 Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of California, Berkeley.

Books and Edited Volumes

Junot Diaz and the Decolonial Imagination (edited with Monica Hanna and Jennifer Vargas) [Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, forthcoming].

Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico (Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2012).

Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997).

The Dialectics of Our America; Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History (Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 1991).

Criticism in the Borderlands (edited with Héctor Calderon) [Durham, NC.: Duke University Press (1991).

The Rolando Hinojosa Reader: Essays Historical and Critical (Houston:Arte Público Press, 1985).

More than 55 Articles and Book chapters (1981-present; full listing available on request).

New & forthcoming articles:

“Conjecturas sobre amor descolonial, transamericanidad y el ‘Fukú Americanus’ de Junot Díaz,” Revista Casa de las Américas (La Habana, Cuba) 277 (octubre-deciembre) 2014, 85-91.

“Americanidad a contrapelo,” in Afpunmapu/Fronteras/ Borderlands: Poética de los confines (Valparaíso, Chile: Ediciones Universitarias, forthcoming).

Dahlem Research School
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