Ulla Haselstein is Professor of American Literature at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and the director of the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universitaet. She was a visiting professor at UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine, and the Aby Warburg Research Professor of the Warburg Foundation in Hamburg. She has published widely on modernism and postmodernism, literary theory, holocaust literature, Gender Studies, and Native American Studies. Major publications include Entziffernde Hermeneutik (1991); Die Gabe der Zivilisation (2000); Iconographies of Power: The Politics and Poetics of Visual Representation (2003, co-edited with Berndt Ostendorf and Peter Schneck), The Pathos of Authenticity. American Literary Imaginations of the Real (2010, co-edited with Andrew Gross, MaryAnn Snyder-Körber), and most recently The Cultural Career of Coolness. Discourses on Affective Self-Control in European Antiquity, in the United States and in Japan (2013, co-edited with Irmela Hijiya-Kischnereit, Catrin Gersdorf and Elena Giannoulis). She is currently working on a book on Gertrude Stein’s literary portraiture.