Sarah Marak, M.A.

Sarah Marak, M.A.

Department of English and American Studies
Chair of American Studies (Prof. Dr. Paul)

Room: Room A 502
Bismarckstraße 1
91054 Erlangen

Office Hours

by appointment

Research Interests

Environmental Humanities
Critical Terrorism Studies
Popular Culture
Nostalgia and Sentimentality

Current Research Projects

Fictions of Ecoterror: Radical Environmental Activism in US Culture (Dissertation Project)


M.A. in North American Studies: Culture and Literature, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2018)

B.A. in English and American Studies and Italian, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2015)


  • 2019-present: project coordinator of The Global Sentimentality Project
  • 2018-present: research assistant with teaching assignment at the chair of American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Fellowships & Grants

  • 2020: short-term visiting research scholar at the Center for Environmental Futures, University of Oregon, Eugene. 
  • 2019: BAA Summer Academy 2019, “State Narratives in Comparative Perspective”.


Marak, Sarah. “Anthropocene.” Critical Terms in Futures Studie. Ed. Heike Paul, Palgrave Macmilllan, 2019. 19-22.

Conference Papers

  • “Imagining Eco-Activism from 9/11 to the Anthropocene: State of Fear and The Overstory.” International Conference: “Civil Society and the Law: Civil Disobedience, Protest, and the (Re)writing of Environmental Politics,” 12 November 2020, University of Lausanne.
  • “’Trees Older than America’: The Redwoods in the Cultural Imaginary of the United States.” NeMLA Annual Conference 2020, 5-8 May, Boston, MA.
  • “’I Walked Out of the Forest a Different Woman’: Anthropocentrism, Relationality, and Activism in Julia Hill’s The Legacy of Luna.” Workshop:  “Ecocrotical Life-Writing in the Dystopic Present”, 4-5 Dec. 2019, Augsburg University.
  • “Tree Huggers or Terrorists? Environmental Activism in US Culture.” Project presentation at the annual BAA Summer Academy 2019 “State Narratives in Comparative Perspective”, May 25 – June 8, Nuremberg.


  • The ‘War on Terror’ in US Popular Culture (PS)
  • Linguistic Variety and Cultural Difference (Kombimodul)
  • Ecocriticism (PS/MS) – in collaboration with Moira Marquis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill