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Little Rock, Big Impact: Centering Small Cities in U.S. Urban History

by Monica N. Campbell Check out the guest post by Monica N. Campbell who participated in this year’s Spring Academy at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies: View of the Arkansas River and downtown Little Rock looking west from the Clinton Presidential Library, 2018, credit: Monica N. Campbell Between 1950…

What graduates can learn from reading Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’

By Kristin Berberich When I was given the former First Lady’s much-hyped memoir for Christmas by my supervisor, I was beyond excited. Given the current media landscape, the response to Michelle Obama’s Becoming was as ecstatic as it was critical. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham (2018) accused her of “cashing in…

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Really a “Perfect Foil for the Pro-Trump Media”? – A Word on the American Media Landscape

by Aleksandra Polińska The latest midterm elections in the United States have brought many changes to the country’s political landscape. Concentrated on the side of Democrats, the 2018 congressional and gubernatorial victories included the first Native American and the first Muslim congresswomen, the first female senators from Tennessee and Arizona,…

Booster or Brakeman? Explaining the Changing Pattern of US Arms Control Policy

by Dr. Florian Böller – Within two years of his presidency, Donald Trump cancelled or threatened to cancel several important international treaties and agreements, including the Paris Climate Accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and, most recently, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). In fact, withdrawing from international…

“What’s in a Name?” – (Re)Defining ‘Milk’

by Anastassia Biedersteadt During the last years, there have been continuing debates surrounding the labeling of plant-based alternatives to cow’s milk as ‘milk.’ Perhaps, the relationships between dairy products and their plant-based alternatives disclose more than concerns about misguided customers.  Being something all mammals consume as their first food and,…

The All-Volunteer Force and Contemporary American War Fiction

by David Eisler When the United States abolished the draft in the final stages of the Vietnam War, the effects went beyond simple changes in military personnel policy; they also rippled into the field of cultural production. What can we learn about this process by comparing the fictional responses to…