Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Prof. Dr. Michael Butter


Michael Butter has been Professor of American Literary and Cultural History at the University of Tübingen since 2014. He received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 2007 and his Habilitation from the University of Freiburg in 2012. He is the author of four monographs: The Epitome of Evil: Hitler in American Fiction, 1939–2002 (New York: Palgrave, 2009), Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2014), Der »Washington-Code«: Zur Heroisierung amerikanischer Präsidenten, 1775-1865 (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2016), and “Nichts ist, wie es scheint”: Über Verschwörungstheorien (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018), an German introduction to conspiracy theories aimed at a general audience. An English translation will be published by Polity Press in 2019. His research interests include the colonial period and the Early Republic, the construction of heroes and their cultural functions, the poetics of contemporary TV shows, conspiracy theories, and populism. He is Vice Chair of the EU COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories”, which aims at synthesizing and moving forward the European research on conspiracy theories. The network currently comprises more than 150 scholars from 39 countries and over a dozen disciplines.

Address: Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen
Office: Room 558
Phone: (+49)(0)7071-29-77341
Fax: (+49)(0)7071-29-5132
Email: michael.butterspam



(with Peter Knight) “The History of Conspiracy Theory Research: A Review and Commentary.” Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them. Ed. Joseph E. Uscinski. New York: Oxford UP, 2019: 33-46.

“Nichts ist, wie es scheint”: Über Verschwörungstheorien. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018.

“Maternal Duty: The Negotiation of Authorship in Anne Bradstreet’s ‘The Author to Her Book’.” Reflexionsfiguren der Künste in der Vormoderne. Ed. Anja Wolkenhauer et al. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018: 446-63.

“Think Thrice, It’s Alright: Mad Men’s ‘The Wheel’ and the Future Study of Television Narratives.” Narrative 25.3 (2017): 374-89.

“Verschwörungstheorien im Internet.” Deutschland & Europa 74 (2017): 36-41.




ZP (as part of the PS II Literature), B.A., M.A., Staatsexamen, Promotion