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Welcome to the Amerika-Institut Munich

Our Institute

The Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich was founded in 1949, and is the oldest and biggest of its kind in Germany.

AI staff October 2023

source: private, 2023

f.l.t.r.: Dr. Nadine Klopfer, Prof. Dr. Pierre-Héli Monot, Dayela Valenzuela MA., Prof. Dr. Christof Decker, Renate Krakowczyk, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt, Dr. Natalie Aghoro, Julia Rössler, Nicole Schneider MA., Dr. Amy Mohr, Dr. Andreas Etges, Alexandra Schenke MA., Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch, Prof. Dr. Michael Hochgeschwender, Dr. Anna Flügge

Research and Study Programs

The Amerika-Institut offers a BA degree program in "North American Studies" and a MA program in "American History, Culture and Society." It is affiliated with programs in Comparative Literature, Media Studies, Jewish Studies, Film Studies, Religious Studies and a number of doctoral programs.

These research and study programs offer basic and advanced knowledge of the social, cultural, literary, economic and political history and present of the Americas, especially USA and Canada. They address these issues in an interdisciplinary way and relate North America to other regions of the world and their respective historical and cultural developments.
Broad Approaches and Profound Specialization

The Amerika-Institut allows students to specialize intensely while at the same time maintaining a broad variety of approaches with regard to both content and method. Considering the number of lecturers, there is a vast array of research options in American history, including US history, inter-American history, North America in global perspective, Canadian history, transatlantic history, Europe and North America in comparative historical perspective, African-American history, environmental history of North America in an international context, history of religion, migration, politics, law, sports, popular culture, architecture, or urban history. Special emphasis is placed on the 19th century and the second half of the 20th century.

Discover our research spectrum.


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Schellingstr. 3 VG
80799 Munich

Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 2739

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