Dr Astrid Haas

Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow

Astrid specializes in travel writing and autobiography of the Americas, African Diaspora and Latinx Studies, Gender, and Science Studies. Herr current research project explores black-authored autobiographies from the wider Age of Revolutions (1760-1860) and their articulations of black people’s mobilities across the Americas.

After receiving a doctorate in English from the University of Münster, Astrid worked as a researcher and lecturer in North American and Inter-American Studies at the universities of Münster, Bielefeld, and Wuppertal (all Germany). She further taught Academic Writing at the University of Giessen in Germany. Currently, she holds a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to carry out her research at IBAR. See also: https://ibaruclan.com/two-new-research-fellows-at-ibar/

Astrid is also a member of the research network: Black Americas: Transdisciplinary Dialogues and Hemispheric Perspectives. For more information about her work, view here: https://astrid-haas.net


Black Inter-American Mobility and Autobiography in the Age of Revolutions (1760-1860):

The interdisciplinary research explores the ways transnational autobiographies by black authors address different forms of black mobility in the Americas during the Age of Revolutions and its aftermath until the onset of the US American Civil War (1760-1860). During that time, different genres of black-authored narrative texts emerged in the region, above all slave narratives, Indian captivity narratives, spiritual autobiographies, and memoirs-as-travelogues. The research is the first of its kind to study these text types from across the Americas in the Age of Revolutions with a focus on forms of mobility black people exercised. Its objective is to produce a series of scholarly essays, to be subsequently joined into the first comprehensive study on the subject.

The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 834975). For more information, see the detailed project pagehttps://bimaar.net

Completed Research Projects: https://astrid-haas.net/research/



  • UPCOMING: Haas, Astrid. Lone Star Vistas: U.S. American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives of Texas, 1821-1861. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2021.
  • Haas, Astrid. Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Dis­course. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2011.

Edited Journal Issues:

Selected Journal Articles:

  • Haas, Astrid. “Currents of Progress, Toy Store for Tourists: Nineteenth-Century Mexican Liberals View Niagara Falls.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 10.2 (Winter 2019): 165-185. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7hp561nv
  • Haas, Astrid. “A Changing Game: Ethnicity, Gender, and Nation in the U.S. American Soccer Film.” Comparative American Studies 12.4 (December 2014): 301-315.  https://doi.org/10.1179/1477570014Z.00000000090
  • Haas, Astrid. “Un continente ‘de color’: Langston Hughes y América Latina.” The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective. Ed. Astrid Haas. FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research 7.2 (July 2014): 36-54. http://interamericaonline.org/volume-7-2/haas-2/

Selected Book Chapters:

  • Haas, Astrid. “Travel Writing.” The Routledge Handbook to Culture and Media of the Americas. Part I: Literature and Music. Ed. Wilfried Raussert, Giselle Anatol, and Joachim Michael. London: Routledge, 2020. 252-60. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351064705
  • Haas, Astrid. “Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues from 1830-1860.” Deutschland und die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz: Politik—Literatur—Wissen­schaft. Birgit Bublies-Godau and Anne Meyer-Eisenhut. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2018. 235-253.
  • Haas, Astrid. “Mexican Travelers and the ‘Texas Question,’ 1821-1836.” Hemispheric Encounters: The Ear­ly United States in a Transnational Perspective. Ed. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez and Markus Heide. Frankfurt/M.: Lang, 2016. 117-132.  https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-04646-5

Complete List: https://astrid-haas.net/publications/