Natalie Rauscher, M.A.
Natalie Rauscher is currently pursuing her PhD at the Heidelberg Center for AmericanStudies (HCA) on the topics of the future of work and inequality in the USA reflected in political discourse. Her research interests include social movements, inequality, the future of work, the platform economy, and social media. She is also working as a research assistant at the HCA. She is a founding member of the HCA Graduate Blog.
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Aline Schmidt, M.A.
Aline Schmidt joined the research training group Authority and Trust (GKAT) at the HCA in 2017. In her PhD project she is looking at the dynamics between Donald Trump, hard-core followers and discourses of authorization and charismatization through a linguistic lens. Her research interests include social media critical discourse studies, corpus linguistic methods, and the language of persuasion and legitimation. She is a founding member of the HCA Graduate Blog.
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Maren Schäfer, M.A.
Maren Schäfer joined the HCA PhD program in 2017 and is associated with the research training group Authority and Trust (GKAT). In her research project, Maren examines populist rhetoric in contemporary American political discourse, focusing on framing strategies and their influence on Americans’ increasing distrust and even dislike of authorities. Her research interests include populism, political communication, in particular political rhetoric and the language of persuasion, and American politics as a whole. Moreover, Maren is interested in the topics entrepreneurship and the future of learning. She is a founding member of the HCA Graduate Blog.
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Andreas Balz, Staatsexamen
Andreas Balz graduated from Heidelberg University with a Staatsexamen, the German degree required for teaching in advanced secondary education, in English Studies and Biology. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at the HCA with a focus on contemporary U.S. autobiographical fiction. His research project aims at providing a new perspective on literary authorship, approaching it as acultural concept defined through routinized practices that manifest themselves in writing as well as in other activities authors engage in on the literary field. He is a founding member of the HCA Graduate Blog.
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