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B.A. M.A. G. H. Joost Baarssen

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Kurzbiographie Vita

G. H. Joost Baarssen successfully finished his Ph.D. on anti-Europeanisms in the United States in February 2017. While a PhD student in Transatlantic American Studies at the RuhrCenter of American Studies, TU Dortmund, Joost received multiple awards and scholarships, including his being a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar (2015); Bernhard-fellow (2014-2015), and DAAD-fellow (2012-2014). He has taught courses in American cultural history, literary and cultural studies, as well as transatlantic history and imagology, and co-taught a class on the cultural production of crises and threats in American culture in the Summer Semester of 2016.

Before Joost joined the department in 2011, he studied American Studies with minors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science at the University of Groningen and Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He obtained his MA degree from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2010 with a thesis titled “Just Like US: The Dutch Image in Mid to Late Nineteenth-Century America” (published in 2014 as America's True Mother Country? Images of the Dutch in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century). Joost is a member of The West Wing, a think tank affiliated with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and editor/assessor at Jonge Historici, a publishing platform for young historians.


Stipendien und Auszeichnungen Scholarships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar (2015)

  • Bernhard Fellow (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds/Niemans-Schootemeijer Fonds Scholarship, 2014-2015)

  • DAAD Fellow (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exhange Service Scholarship, 2012-2014)

  • University of Texas at Arlington Travel Grant (2013)

  • Participant in the Heidelberg Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics (2013)

  • Dr. Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds Scholarship (2012)

  • M.A. thesis shortlisted for the Theodore Roosevelt American History Award, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, NL (2010)

  • Dean’s List, Saint Louis University (2007)

  • Marco Polo Scholarship, University of Groningen (2007)


Forschungsschwerpunkte Research Interests

  • Transatlantic Imagology

  • Anti-Americanism in Europe

  • Anti-Europeanism in the United States

  • Political History of the United States

  • U.S. Elections


Forschungsprojekte Research Projects

  • American Dreams, European Nightmares: Anti-Europeanisms in the United States (dissertation, finished)


Vorträge Presentations

  • “Infections Destroying America: Anti-Europeanism in the United States.” Stadtgespräche im Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte: “Europa: Grenzen und Identitäten” lecture series, Dortmund, Germany, June 30, 2016.

  • “‘It’s a Hellhole’: Anti-Europeanisms in Twenty-First-Century American Culture.” Amerikanistendag VU Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 10, 2016.

  • “Toward a Constructivist Vision of Anti-Europeanism in the United States.” Transatlantic Studies Association Fourteenth Annual Conference, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, the Netherlands, July 6, 2015.

  • “‘Fuck the EU:’ Coming to Terms with American Anti-Europeanism.” Transatlantic Studies Association Thirteenth Annual Conference, University of Ghent, Belgium, July 9, 2014.

  • “Defining/Refining Anti-Europeanism: What’s in a Name?” Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies, TU Dortmund University, January 24, 2014.

  • "Sucking on [America’s] Tit: Metaphorical Dimensions of the Family in Conservative American Discourses on Europe.” Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, University of Texas at Arlington, October 25, 2013.

  • “The Perception of Europe and Anti-Europeanism in the United States.” Bergische Universität Wuppertal, July 6, 2013.

  • “Conservative Hard Currency: Anti-Europeanism as Current and Countercurrent in Jefferson, Hoover, and Romney.” The 23rd Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies 2013, Karlstad University, Sweden, May 24, 2013.

  • “Anti-Europeanism in the US: What Are We Talking About?” Heidelberg Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics, Heidelberg University, Germany, March 19, 2013.

  • “Of Whores and Hell: ‘Europe’ in Early American Thought.” 2013 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies, RU Bochum, Germany, January 18, 2013.

  • “Anti-Europeanism in the US Elections of 2012.” Election Night 2012, TU Dortmund, Germany, November 6, 2012.

  • “Europe Is Working in the United States: ‘Europe’ and Anti-Europeanism in the 2012 Elections.” 2012 Presidential Elections in the United States: Challenges and Expectations, Jagiellionian University, Kraków, Poland, October 26, 2012.

  • "Representations of the Dutch in American Literature (1809-).” TU Dortmund, April 27, 2011.

  • “Just Like US: The Dutch Image in Mid to Late Nineteenth-Century America.” Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands, April 15, 2011.

  • “‘America’s True Mother Country:’ “The Netherlands” in the Oeuvre of William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928).” Netherlands Americanist Day, Leyden University, Netherlands, April 1, 2011.


Veröffentlichungen Publications

Monographien Monographies
Artikel Articles


Lehrveranstaltungen Courses

  • SS 2016: The End of America? Crises, Threats, and Paranoia in the United States (PS with Terence Kumpf), TU Dortmund.

  • WS 2014/15: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies, Group F (PS), TU Dortmund.

  • SS 2014. Introduction to American Literary and Cultural History, Group F (PS), TU Dortmund.

  • WS 2013/14: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies, Group A and Group C (PS), TU Dortmund.

  • SS 2013: America and Europe in the Transatlantic Imagination (PS), TU Dortmund.

  • WS 2012/2013: “Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus?”: Transatlantic Images and Perceptions (PS), TU Dortmund.