Udo J. Hebel is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. He taught at the universities of Mainz, Potsdam, and Freiburg, and was a Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor at Colorado College, Colorado Springs. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Harvard University.
He has published Romaninterpretation als Textarchäologie (1989), Intertextuality, Allusion, Quotation (1989), Transatlantic Encounters (co-ed., 1995), “Those Images of Jealuosie”: Identitäten und Alteritäten im puritanischen Neuengland (1997), The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period (ed., 1999), Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures (ed., 2003), Visual Culture in the American Studies Classroom (co-ed., 2005), Twentieth-Century American One-Act Plays (2006), Einführung in die Amerikanistik/American Studies (2008), Transnational American Memories (ed., 2009), Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies (co-ed., 2011), Transnational American Studies (ed., 2012). His close to 60 articles have been published in national and international journals of American Studies.
At this point, he is preparing an annotated edition of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New England anniversary orations and a special journal issue on South Africa and the U.S.
He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA. He served as President of the German Association for American Studies, as General Editor of Amerikastudien/American Studies, and as Deputy Director of the Bavarian American Academy. He is the Founding Director of the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), the International Delegate of the German Association for American Studies to the EAAS and the ASA, and the Senior Chair of the International Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA).
At the University of Regensburg, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as Dean of Research of the Faculty of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and as Vice President of the University of Regensburg. Since April 2013, he has been the President of the University of Regensburg.