Graduate School of North American Studies
Social SciencesEconomics and businessSociologyPolitical scienceHumanitiesHistory and archaeologyLanguages and literature

The doctoral program at the Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) offers close individual supervision and excellent theoretical and methodological training in the fields of American Literature and Culture, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics. Interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives are particularly welcome.


The School's program is dedicated to the comprehensive study of the United States and Canada. The program focuses on nine research areas:

  • American Exceptionalism and the Rhetoric of Crisis
  • Nation, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Borderlands
  • The Polarization of American Politics
  • Values in Conflict: Religion, Community, Identity
  • Art, Aesthetics and American Culture
  • Publics and Counterpublics
  • Economic and Financial Crises
  • Democracy and Inequality
  • Globalization and (the End of) the American Century

The Graduate School offers up to 10 doctoral stipends per year. The curriculum consists of interdisciplinary seminars, courses on disciplinary research methods, and classes on teaching and management skills.

Prof. Dr Ulla Haselstein Dr David Bosold Freie Universität Berlin programme analysing polarisation globalisation

American Studies, Area Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, American Literature, American Culture, American History

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Ulla Haselstein
Dr David Bosold
FU Berlin
Graduate School of North American Studies
Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 528 65
10 per year
Freie Universität Berlin