Leiter / Head
Prof. Dr. Gerd Hurm
Gerd Hurm (born in Oberndorf a.N. in 1958) is a professor of American literature and culture, and director of the Trier Center for American Studies (TCAS).
From 1980 to 1986 Gerd Hurm studied English, German, and Geography at the University of Freiburg, Germany; as an exchange student he also attended King's College, London, Great Britain (1982-1983) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (1984-1985). He received his MA in 1986, his PhD in 1989, and his post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) in 1999 from the University of Freiburg. In 1990 he started teaching in Freiburg; from 1990 to 2001 he also participated in two DFG-research projects. From 1994 to 1995 he was Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. In April 2001, he joined the English department at the University of Trier. Together with Prof. Wolfgang Klooß he founded the Trier Center for American Studies (TCAS) in 2004. He was visiting professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., USA, in autumn 2002 and Fulbright visiting professor at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA in 2006-2007. He served as Bologna Coordinator for the University of Trier from 2004 to 2005. He has also been the university’s Fulbright liaison professor since 2001.
He is the author of studies on modern American city fiction (Fragmented Urban Images, 1991) and on the American vernacular (Rewriting the Vernacular Mark Twain, 2003). He has edited books on American political rhetoric (with Paul Goetsch, The Fourth of July: Political Oratory and Literary Reactions, 1776-1876, 1992; Die Rhetorik amerikanischer Präsidenten seit F.D. Roosevelt, 1993; Important Speeches by American Presidents after 1945, 1994), and on post-World War II culture (with Ann Marie Fallon, Rebels without a Cause, 2007). He has written on topics in American literature from the 18th to the 21st century and has contributed to various encyclopaedia, journals, and newspapers, including Kindlers Literaturlexikon, Harenbergs Lexikon der Weltliteratur, Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren, BZ, and FAZ. He has also served as a reviewer for the DAAD, the MLA, and various publishers. His main areas of research are modern and postmodern American literature, culture, urban, media, and gender studies, American political discourse as well as African-American literature and culture.