Fac/Staff profile

Jackie Vansant


Professor of German


Ph. D. Institution: University of Texas at Austin (1986)

3090 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
TR 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Vansant has centered her scholarly work on the constructions of ethnicities, gender and identities in post-World War II and contemporary Austrian literature, memoirs and films. This translated into the publication of three academic books, as well as many articles, book chapters, edited collections and presentations.

Teaching Interests

German language, literature, film, and culture

Research Interests

Austrian literature, culture, and film; memory studies; image of Austria in Hollywood films

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Selected Publications


Austria Made in Hollywood (Camden House Press, February 2019) https://boydellandbrewer.com/austria-made-in-hollywood-hb.html

Reclaiming 'Heimat': Trauma and Mourning in the Memoirs of Jewish-Austrian Reemigres (Wayne State University Press, 2001) https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/reclaiming-heimat

Against the Horizon: Feminism and Postwar Austrian Women Writers (1987)



“Austrian and Dust Bowl Refugees Unite in Three Faces West.” Journal of Austrian-American History, Vol, 1, No. 1 (2017): 98-116.

“Cohesive Epistolary Networks in Exile.” In: Networks of Refugees from Nazi Germany: Continuities, Reorientations, and Collaborations in Exile, ed. Helga Schreckenberger (Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2016): 247-261.


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Awards and Recognition

Distinguished Research Award, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 23 March 2017

Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant for Vienna 2016 & 2003

Vienna Wiesenthal Senior Fellowship (2017-2018)


Member for
2 years 3 weeks
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