Dr. Katrin Horn

Dr. Katrin Horn

Research Interests

  • PostDoc-Project “The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in late 19th and early 20th-Century US American Literature and Culture”
  • Ph.D. Project “CAMP / POP – Interventions into Pop-Cultural Discourses of Gender and Sexuality” (submitted December 2014)
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Popular Culture and Media Studies
  • Postfeminism
  • Film Theory and History (esp. Early European and American Film)
  • History of Knowledge
  • Narration
  • Transnational American Studies


  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Coordinator for the MA program “North American Studies: Literature and Culture,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2016/17)
  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Assistant to the Managing Director of the Institute for English and American Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Würzburg (2015/16)
  • Research Assistant at the government-funded research project Stimme und Gesang in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960) at the Liszt School of Music, Weimar (2014)
  • Lecturer at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and Bayreuth University (2010-2015)
  • Participant  in the BAA Summer Institute “Race and Ethnicity“ (Munich, 2008),  the Summer School “Queer Temporalities” (Manchester, 2011), the  Summer School at the Clinton Institute for American Studies “New Media, Power, and Foreign Policy” (Dublin, 2011), the  Fulbright Summer School “Contested Visions: The United States in 2012 ” (San Francisco, 2012), and the Summer School “Inside/Outside: Queer Networks in Transnational Perspective” (Hannover, 2016)
  • Visiting Researcher at Harvard University (Cambridge, 2010)
  • Member of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program “Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections of Difference and Transdifference,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2009)
  • Studied Theater and Media Studies, English Literature and American Cultural Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Grants and Fellowships

  • Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy (2016)
  • PostDoc-Fellowship of the “Program for the Advancement of Gifted Female Scholars” awarded by FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2015/2017)
  • Harvard University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship from the Bavarian American Academy (2010)
  • Doctoral Grant for “Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching” awarded by FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2013)
  • Grant for Conference Presentations from the German American Exchange Service (2010 and 2012)
  • Travel Grant from the Dr. Alfred Vinzl Foundation, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2011)
  • Graduate Scholarship (Elite Network of Bavaria), distributed by Universität Bayern e.V. (2009–2012)


Authored Books

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles


Book Contributions

Workshops and Conferences

  • with Tilo Hähnel and Martin Pfleiderer. International Research Workshop “Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960).” Franz Liszt School of Music, Weimar (June 2014)
  • with Carmen Dexl. Panel chair, “Black Role Models for a New Community,” “Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation”, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African-American Research (CAAR), Paris (April 2011)

Papers and Lectures

  • “‘What is remembered?’ – Alice B. Toklas, Expatriate Lives, and Queer Knowledge.” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2017, Modernities and Modernization in North America, Hannover (June 2017)
  • “Gaps and Gossip and Henry James’ The Bostonians.” Invited Lecture, Göttingen (February 2017)
  • “Queer Belonging in Transnational Fandom.” Summer School Inside/Outside: Queer Networks in Transnational Perspective, Hannover (September 2016)
  • “The Obligation to Privacy” – (Not) Knowing in Henry James’ The Bostonians.” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2016, The United States and the Question of Rights, Osnabrück (May 2016)
  • “‘Naturally Fancy’ – 30 Rock’s Jenna as Postfeminist Camp.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2016, Atlanta (March 2016)
  • “Queer Performance in Transnational Spaces: Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball.” Lecture Series Making America, Bamberg (January 2016)
  • “A Queer History of Film (Studies).” Lecture Series English Speaking Cultures, Würzburg (December 2015)
  • “‘In the Privacy of Their Homes’: Women and Gossip in Edith Wharton’s Fiction.” Polish Association for American Studies Annual Conference Homeliness, Domesticity and Security in American Culture, Warsaw (September 2015)
  • “Global Stars’ Local Performances – The Pop Concert as Commodity, Community and Contact Zone.” Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies, Regensburg (July 2015)
  • vLonging for a Future Past? Nostalgia and Queer Women in Media.” Console-Ing Passions, Dublin (Juni 2015)
  • “Pop Art to ARTPOP – Lady Gaga’s Music Videos in Context.” Lecture Series Popular Culture and the Canon, University of Leipzig (May 2015)
  • “Who Made Honky Tonk Angels? Negotiations of Gender in 1950s Country Music.” Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960). Franz Liszt School of Music, Weimar (June 2014)
  • “Pop Scores in Queer Romantic Comedies”. Play it again, Sam!” – The History, Theory and Practice of Songs in Film, University of Kiel (Feb 2014)
  • “‘And sometimes it seems like I get the dirty side of both’ – The Erratic (Un)Popularity of Pulp Novels.” Unpopular Culture, Munich (Nov 2013)
  • “Queer as Country-Folk: LGBT Representation in Rural US.” Rural America – Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (June 2013)
  • “The Return of the B-Movie: Bitch Slap! and Lesploitation.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston (March 2012)
  • “Can (Post)Feminism be Fun? Women and Humor in 30 Rock.” Who’s laughing now? – Humor as Resistance and Oppression in US-American Culture, Humboldt University Berlin (Nov 2011)
  • “‘Precious’ Role Models – The Representational Politics of Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.” Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) at Université Diderot-Paris 7 (April 2011)
  • “Queer Performativity and Camp in the Pop Art of Lady Gaga.” Midwest Popular and American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN (Oct 2010)
  • “Queer Life in America.” German-American Institute, Nuremberg (July 2010)
  • “Phenomenon of Meta-Pop.” Critical Perspectives: Turns, Trends, and Theories, 9th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Nov 2009)
  • “Postfeministischer Camp.” Gender, Queer and Medien: Gegenwärtige Ansätze und Perspektiven, Hamburg University (Nov 2009)
  • “Deconstructing Gender Hegemony Queering the Cultural Mainstream: Camp as a Subversive Strategy in the Reception and Production of Contemporary American Popular Culture.” Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies, Munich (Oct 2009)



  • Intro into Gender and Queer Studies (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Gender and Genre in Hollywood Cinema (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Early Cinema in the US, the US in Early Cinema – 1895-1929 (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • From Gay Sensibility to Pop Aesthetics: The History and Theory of Camp (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Burlesque: Performing Feminism without Clothes? (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Contemporary Media and the Politics of Camp (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Introduction: Linguistic Varieties and Cultural Differences
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Introduction to Literary Theory