Meet our DAAD Research Ambassadors! They are scholars and scientists in North America who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are happy to help by sharing their experiences with you and answering any questions your may have. Use the interactive map above or the modules below to locate a Research Ambassador near you.

Research Ambassador Profiles A-C

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David Abraham
Professor of Law – University of Miami
Research Interests: Immigration, Citizenship, Nazism, Political Economy
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitaet Trier, Bundesarchiv, Universitaet Bielefeld, Freie Universitaet Berlin, American Academy Berlin
E-Mail: dabraham(at)

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Aftab Ahmed
Research Associate Professor, Chapman University School of Pharmacy – Irvine, California
Research Interests: Protein purification and characterization (Proteomics)
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried
E-Mail: aahmed(at)

Richard S. Ascough
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Professor, School of Religion– Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
Research Interests: Religious Studies – Origins of Christianity
University/Research Institution in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Mϋnster
E-Mail: rascough(at)

Jonathan Bach
Associate Professor, Global Studies –The New School, New York, USAResearch Interests: Memory, Post-socialism, Urban space
University/Research Institution in Germany: Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at the HU, Berlin; Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin; Das Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH); FU Berlin at OSI
E-Mail: jbach(at)

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Elisa H. Barney Smith
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department– Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Research Interests: Image Processing and Pattern recognition, with document analysis, biomedical image processing, materials and geo-environmental applications.
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Dortmund, Universität des Saarlandes
E-Mail: ebarneysmith(at)

Aravind Balan
Postdoctoral Fellow – NASA Langley Research Center
Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics for aerospace applications
University/Research Institution in Germany: RWTH Aachen University
E-Mail: a.balan(at)

Thomas Baumgarte
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA
Research Interests: General Relativity
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; MPI Astrophysik, Garching
E-Mail: tbaumgarte(at)

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Staver Bezhani
Department of Biology – University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Molecular Biology; Plant Biology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Hannover University, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster
E-Mail: benzhani(at)

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Dr. Jürgen F. Brune
Research Professor – Mining Engineering, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Research Interests: Mine Ventilation, Mine Safety and Health, Coal Mining, Mine Fire and Explosion Prevention
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Clausthal
E-Mail: jbrune(at)

Jochen Burgtorf
Professor of History – California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Research Interests: Medieval history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Pius Stiftung/Akademie der Wissenschaften (AdW) Göttingen; Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf; Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
E-Mail: j.burgtorf(at)

Margit Burmeister
Associate Chair and Professor, Computational Medicine & Bioinformaticsco-Director, Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Research Professor, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Psychiatry and of Human Genetics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Research Interests: Neurogenetics, psychiatric and behavioral genetics
University/Research Institution in Germany: EMBL, Heidelberg; MPI, Berlin
E-Mail: mburmeister(at)

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Gül Çalışkan
Assistant Professor of Global Sociology – St. Thomas University – Fredericton, NB, Canada
Research Interests: ITransnational migration; diaspora and identity; gender in global studies; citizenship; global social movements; social justice.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin.
E-Mail: gcaliskan(at)

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Markus Chmielus
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science – University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests: Advanced Manufacturing of Bulk and Thin Film (Multifunctional) Metals
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart/Technical University Berlin/Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy
E-Mail: mchmielus(at)

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Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson
Research Interests: medieval and early modern German and European literature, cultural history, history of mentality, everyday culture, interdisciplinary research, gender studies, and comparative literature
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universities in Freiburg, Marburg, Frankfurt a. M., Leipzig, Halle, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel
E-Mail: aclassen(at)

Shannon Connelly
Assistant Dean, Graduate School – The University of Texas at El Paso
Research Interests: Art history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
E-Mail: sh.connelly(at)

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John F. Corrigan
Professor of Chemistry and Director
Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research – The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Research Interests: Inorganic and Nanomaterials Chemistry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
E-Mail: corrigan(at)

Francois Corriveau
Professor – McGill University, Canada
Research Interests: Particle physics
University/Research Institution in Germany: DESY, Hamburg; MPI for Physics, Munich
E-Mail: f.corriveau(at)

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Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
Professor of German – University of North Texas, Denton
Research Interests: German literature and culture, German film, memory studies
Universities/Research Institutes in Germany: Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach
E-Mail: carolanne.costabile-heming(at)

Research Ambassador Profiles D-G

Stanley Donahoo
Ph.D. Candidate – University of Arizona
Research Interests: Brain and language
University/Research Institution in Germany: Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin; University of Potsdam
E-Mail: s.donahoo(at)

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Dawit Eshetu
Coordinator and Professor, School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Niagara College Canada
Research Interests: Foreign direct investment, competitiveness, bilateral German/EU and Canada economic issues
University/Research Institution in Germany: Bremen University of Applied Science, Osnabrueck University of Applied Science, University of Bremen and University of Leipzig
E-Mail: deshetu(at)

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Walid Fakhouri
Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry – University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Craniofacial Development and Birth Defects
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hohenheim, Institute of Phytomedicine, Stuttgart
E-Mail: wdfakhouri(at)

Jonathan Fine
Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies – Brown University
Research Interests: German literature and intellectual history
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam; FU Berlin
E-Mail: j.fine(at)

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Manfred Franke
PhD candidate & Fulbright Fellow in Neural Engineering – Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: Neurorehabilitation Research, Functional restoration of the Nervous System post injury
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universität Dresden & Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: Manfred.Franke(at)

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Thian Yew Gan
Professor at the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Research Interests: Hydrologic processes and modeling, climatology, remote sensing, climate change, water resources management and planning, and snow hydrology.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technical University Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
E-Mail: tgan(at)

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Heidi Gottfried
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology – Wayne State University
Research Interests: Work Transformation, social policy, gender and inequality
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute fuer Soziologie, University of Hamburg
E-Mail: hgottfried(at)

Research Ambassador Profiles H-J

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Taylor Hagood
Associate Professor, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters–Florida Atlantic University
Research Interests: American literature (Faulkner, African American, United States South)
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München
E-Mail: thagood(at)

J. Laurence Hare
Associate Professor of History and Director of International Studies – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USAResearch Interests: Modern European/Modern German History
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Kiel
E-Mail: lhare(at)

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George Heffernan
Professor, Department of Philosophy – Merrimack College, Massachusetts
Research Interests: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ethics (esp. Contemporary Moral Problems,e.g. environmental, medical, technological issues)
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne (PhD 1981, sabbatical research 1998); Freie Universitaet Berlin (sabbatical research 2003)
E-Mail: heffernan(at)

Boerge Hemmerling
Assistant Professor of Physics – University of California, Riverside
Research Interests: Atomic, molecular and optical physics
University/Research Institution in Germany: Leibniz University of Hannover; Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig; University of Heidelberg
E-Mail: b.hemmerling(at)
Photo of Helmut H.A. Hergeth. Associate Professor in Textile Management at NC State University
Research Interests: Strategic Textile Management, Strategic Cost Management, Technology Management, Business Visualization.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität; FH Bielefeld; RWTH Aachen and Hochschule Niederrhein
E-Mail: hergeth(at)

Matthias Hofferberth
Assistant Professor, Political Science & Geography – University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, USA
Research Interests: International relations and globalizationUniversity/Research Institution in Germany: Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main; Westfällische Wilhelms-Universität, Mϋnster
E-Mail: mhofferberth(at)

Hartmut Hollaender
Associate Professor – University of Manitoba
Research Interests: Groundwater Engineering (Groundwater, Numerical Modeling, Heat Transport, Density-Driven Flow, Groundwater Contamination)
University/Research Institution in Germany: Leibniz University of Hannover
E-Mail: h.hollaender(at)

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Kristopher Imbrigotta
Visiting Assistant Professor of German – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Research Interests: 18th-20th century German literature and culture, Visual Culture studies, Theater and Performance, Historiography, Narratology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg; Akademie der Künste / Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, Berlin
E-Mail: kimbrigotta(at)

Patrick R. Ireland
Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USAResearch Interests: Local-level migrant integration, comparative urban policy
University/Research Institution in Germany:  Institut für Psychologie – Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel; Berliner Institut für Vergleichende Sozialforschung; Universität Bremen: Zentrum für Sozialpolitik
E-Mail: pireland(at)

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Naduparambil Korah Jacob
Assistant Professor, School of Art – Northern Illinois University
Research Interests: Cancer Genetics, Therapy and Prevention
University/Research Institution in Germany: Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
E-Mail: jacob.86(at) 

Estelle Joubert
Associate Director, Graduate Studies & Reserach; Associate Professor, Fountain School of Performing Arts; European Studies – Dalhousie University,Halifax, NS, CanadaResearch Interests: Musicology; German opera and Political Theory, Cultural Analytics
University/Research Institution in Germany: HU Berlin; Bisutumsarchiv, Trier
E-Mail: ejoubert(at)

Research Ambassador Profiles K-M


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Dr. Hoi-eun Kim
Associated Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
Research Interests: modern German history; German-Japanese relations; German-Korean relations; history of medicine; and history of pharmaceuticals
University/Research Institution in Germany: Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Universitaet Heidelberg
E-Mail: hekim(at)

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Brian P. Kiniry

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy – Suffolk University (Boston)
Research Interests: Gottfried Leibniz; Early Modern Philosophy
University/Research Institution in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
E-Mail: bkiniry(at)

Imke Kirste
Study Manager – National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEHS), Durham, NC
Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor – Queen’s University
Research Interests: Clinical Research with focus on Neuroscience, Genotype-Phenotype correlation, Epigenetic, Reproductive Medicine, (Bidirectional) Translational Medicine
University/Research Institution in Germany
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; Charite, Berlin; Free University, Berlin; Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD), Dresden; Universität zu Lübeck
E-Mail: imke.kirste(at)

Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane
Professor of History/Director of fellowships – University of Minnesota, Morris
Research Interests: Medieval and early modern German history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: j.deane(at)

Ivan Korendovych
Associate Professor, Chemistry – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Research Interests: Biochemistry, biophysics, protein design and engineering
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Marburg; University of Greifswald
E-Mail: ikorendovych(at)

Julia Lalande
Manager, High Hazards Unit, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario
Research Interests: Eastern European Migration to Canada
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hamburg
E-Mail: j.lalande(at)

Rebecca Langlois
TOSST Joint Graduate Research School Coordinator, Dalhousie University
Research Interests: Marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography
University/Research Institution in Germany: IFM-GEOMAR Kiel
E-Mail: rlanglois(at)

Max Lazar
Ph.D. Candidate – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Modern European, German and Jewish history
University/Research Institution in Germany: Fritz-Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: m.lazar(at)

Edgar Lehr
Professor of Biology – Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Research Interests: Systematics, evolutionary biology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz; Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt a. M.; Uni Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz.

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Ann Lemke
Oboe Instructor – Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Visiting Scholar – Germanic Languages & Literatures, The University of Michigan
Research Interests: German women writers and composers, the interrelationship of music and literature, Goethe songs, music for young children
University/Research Institution in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Karl-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: mail(at)lemkestudio[dot]com

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Alexander Lerch
Assistant Professor, Center for Music Technology – Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Music Information Retrieval & Music Technology
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin
E-Mail: alerch(at)

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt
Associate Professor – University of Saskatchewan
Research Interests: Numerical modelling of surface waters (hydrology/hydraulics, water quality, river ice processes, flood risk management)
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Berlin; Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet Cottbus; Helmoltz Association in Magdeburg and Potsdam
E-Mail: k.e.lindenschmidt(at)

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Sebastian Luft
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy – Marquette University
Research Interests: 19th and 20th century European philosophy, philosophy of culture.
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Würzburg, Universität Freiburg i.Br. (Husserl-Archiv)
E-Mail: sluft(at)

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Karsten Lunze
Assistant Professor – School of Medicine, Boston University
Research Interests: Maternal and newborn health, HIV prevention among key populations
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Charité Medical School, Berlin
E-Mail: klunze(at)

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Benjamin Marschke
Associate Professor of History, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Research Interests: Early modern European/German/Prussian history, historical anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, history of religion.
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Erfurt; Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen;
Herzog August Bibliothek,Wolfenbüttel; Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle; Forschungsbibliothek Gotha;
Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
E-Mail: marschke(at)

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Peter Martin
Director, Gerontology Program – Iowa State UniversityResearch Interests: Human development and Family Studies, Gerontology,longevity, personality, stress, coping and mental health
University/Research Institution in Germany: Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: pxmartin(at)

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Dianne M. McMullen
Professor of Music, College Organist, and Chair of the Department of Music – Union College, Schenectady, New York
Research Interests: The German Lutheran chorale at the time of Johann Sebastian Bach; The German galliard song
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Hamburg, Universität Göttingen, Universität München
E-Mail: mcmulled(at)

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Carsten Mehring
Lead Project Engineer, Adjunct Professor – University of California, Irvine
Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics
University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Stuttgart
E-Mail: cmehring(at)

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Pierre Mertiny
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Research Interests: Polymer composite materials, composite pressure vessels and piping, nanocomposites, composite energy storage flywheel rotors
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hannover
E-Mail: pmertiny(at)

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Brian S. Mitchell
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Tulane University
Research Interests: Nanostructured Materials Processing
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Bergakademie Freiberg/BAM; DLR; Max Planck Inst. F. Kolloids
E-Mail: bmitchell(at)

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Gerhard Multhaup
Chair and Professor -Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
Research Interests: Biomedical pharmacology; neurodegeneration and amyloid toxicity
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin (FUB) and the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH)
E-Mail: gmulthaup(at)


Research Ambassador Profiles N-R

Nichole M. Neuman
Assistant Professor of German, Max Kade Center Director, Hoyt-Reichmann Scholar of German-American Studies and German Language and Culture – IUPUI
Research Interests: German cultural studies (20th-21st cent.) and cinema studies
University/Research Institution in Germany: Humboldt University, FU Berlin; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart; Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin
E-Mail: n.neuman(at)

Damani J. Partridge
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIResearch Interests: Cultural Anthropology
University/Research Institution in Germany: HU Berlin
E-Mail: dpartridge(at)

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Joe Perry
Associate Professor, Department of History – Georgia State University
Research Interests: modern and contemporary German social and cultural history; celebration and the senses; the mass media and identity
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universität Berlin
E-Mail: jbperry(at)

Manfred Philipp
Professor Emeritus – City University of New York
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Enzymology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Freiburg; Universität Ulm; Universität München
E-Mail: m.philipp(at)
John L. Plews
Associate Professor of Modern Languages (German) – Saint Mary’s University
Research Interests: Second Language Education, Study Abroad for Second Languages
University/Research Institution in Germany: Canadian Summer School in Germany (Kassel); Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: jlplews(at) 

Narayanan Rajendran
Professor – Kentucky State University
Research Interests: Molecular microbiology and nanobiotechnology
University/Research Institution in Germany: Philips University Marburg
E-Mail: n.rajendran(at)

Julian A. Rees
Postdoctoral Fellow – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Research Interests: f-element chemistry, pharmaceutical development
University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr.
E-Mail: j.rees(at)
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Petra Rohrbach
Associate Professor, Institute of Parasitology – McGill University, Montreal
Research Interests: Drug resistance and malaria
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, German Cancer Centre Heidelberg, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
E-Mail: petra.rohrbach(at)

Andreas Ruediger
Full Professor, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Varennes
Research Interests: Nanoelectronics-Nanophotonics
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany:
Universität Osnabrück, Forschungszentrum Jülich
E-Mail: ruediger(at)

Research Ambassador Profiles S-T

Christoph Schaal
Assistant Professor – California State University, Northridge
Research Interests: Ultrasonics and applied mechanics
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart
E-Mail: ch.schaal(at)

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Richard Schaefer
Assistant Professor of History – State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh
Research Interests: Modern European Intellectual History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt
E-Mail: schaefer(at)

Arnd Scheel
Professor – University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Mathematics, analysis
University/Research Institution in Germany: WWU Muenster; WIAS/DIW and FU Berlin
E-Mail: a.scheel(at)

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Joerg Schlatterer
Program Director – National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Academic Interests: Professional Development
Research Interests: Biochemical Catalysis, Nucleic Acids
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universitaet Berlin (1999), Universitaet Heidelberg (PhD 2003)
E-Mail: schlatterer(at)

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Ingo Schlupp
Presidential Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Research CAS, University of Oklahoma
Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam, Brandenburg
E-Mail: ischlupp(at)

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Nico Schüler
Professor of Music Theory and Musicology – School of Music, Texas State University
Research Interests: interdisciplinary aspects of modern music, methods and methodology of music research, computer applications in music, music theory pedagogy, world music
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: E.-M. Arndt Universität Greifswald; Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; Deutscher Tonkünstler-Verband Berlin; Humboldt Universität
E-Mail: schueler(at)

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Adam R. Seipp
Assistant Professor, Department of History – Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Modern German History
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany:
Julius Maximilians Universitaet Wuerzburg
E-Mail: seipp(at)

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Simone Seym
Goethe-Institut – Washington, D.C.
Research Interests: German and European Cultural Studies, Sustainable Film and Performing Arts
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Karlsruhe; University of Mannheim
E-Mail: seym(at)
Renu Singh
Ph.D. Candidate – Georgetown University
Research Interests: Political science
University/Research Institution in Germany: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Helmholtz Zentrum, Muenchen; LMU and MPI for Social Law and Social Policy, Muenchen
E-Mail: r.singh(at)

Christa Spreizer
Associate Professor – Queens College/CUNY
Research Interests: German studies
University/Research Institution in Germany: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; Landesarchiv Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin
E-Mail: ch.spreizer(at)

Swen Steinberg
Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor – Queen’s University
Research Interests: History of knowledge/knowledge and migration/knowledge and young immigrants; environmental knowledge; refugees and borderlands; economic history and corporate cultures 19th/20th century
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Dresden
E-Mail: s.steinberg(at)

Tricia Striano
Professor, Hunter College  &Tricia Striano Inc. |
Research Interests: Infant development, neuroscience, design, real estate
University/Research Institution in Germany: MPI-EVA, Leipzig; MPI-CBS, Leipzig; University of Leipzig, University Osnabrueck

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Jueyi Sui
Full-Professor, Director, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada
Research Interests: River ice hydraulics, sediment transport, hydrology and watershed modeling
University/Research Institution in Germany: (Technische) Universitaet Kaiserslautern
E-Mail: sui(at)

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Lydia Tesfa
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology – Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, NY
Research Interests: Immunology, Flow Cytometry
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Humboldt University
E-Mail: tesfa(at)

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John R. te Velde
Professor of German, Department of Foreign Languages, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Research Interests: the syntax of West Germanic languages; post-war history of Germany
University/Research Institution in Germany: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin
E-Mail: john.te_velde(at)

Research Ambassador Profiles U-Z

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Jonathan Veinot
Professor, Department of Chemistry – University of Alberta
Research Interests: Materials Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Hybrid Functional Materials
University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Muenchen
E-Mail: jveinot(at)

Andriy Voronov
Associate Professor, Coatings and Polymeric Materials – North Dakota State University, Fargo, NDResearch Interests: Polymer science
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Bayreuth, University of Erlangen – Nuremberg

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Gabi N. Waite
Associate Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Interests: CTraumatic brain injury, hypoxia, oxidative stress, medical and health education
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hohenheim, University of Heidelberg (sabbatical)
E-Mail: gnindl(at)

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Alina Dana Weber
Assistant Professor of German, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics – The Florida State University
Research Interests: Cultural transfers, cultural representation in German literature, theatre, and film; German Romanticism and Realism; folklore in performance, literature, and film
University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: aweber(at)

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David J. Westenberg
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, antibacterial materials and science education
University/Research Institution in Germany: Institute for Microbiology, Göttingen, Department of Cell Biology and Applied Botany, Marburg
E-Mail: djwestenberg(at)

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Rick White
Professor of Chemistry – Sam Houston State University, Texas
Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universitaet Würzburg (1998, 2002), Universitaet Siegen (2007)
E-Mail: white(at)

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Frauke Zeller
Assistant Professor, School of Professional Communication – Ryerson University
Research Interests: Digital communication analysis, Human-Robot Interaction
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Ilmenau Institute of Technology