Biography and Education
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.
Ph. D. Institution: University of Texas at Austin (1986)
Teaching and Research
Teaching Interests: German language, literature, film, and culture
Research Interests: Austrian literature, culture, and film; memory studies; image of Austria in Hollywood films
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.
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)
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