Englisches Seminar

Dr. des. Annika Brunck

Research Fellow

Annika Brunck joined the American Studies department in 2014. She completed her dissertation entitled "Fighting 'the Evil Scourge of Terrorism': From 'Jewish Terrorism' to 'Islamic Terrorism' in the United States, 1940-2017" in December 2018. The project traces the development of the 'terrorism' discourse in American politics, academia, popular culture, and the news media since the 1940s with a focus on how American perceptions of the Middle East influenced ideas about 'terrorism.' Ms Brunck is also a member of COST Action 15101 “COMPACT” (“Comparative Approaches to Conspiracy Theories”), on whose grant application she extensively collaborated. She served as the Action's Grant Manager in its crucial first year and ensured its smooth running. Ms Brunck holds a Master of Arts in British and North American Cultural Studies from the University of Freiburg and a Bachelor of Arts in English Philology and Spanish Philology from the Free University of Berlin. She has spent extended time abroad in the U.S., in Spain, and in England and speaks German, English, Spanish, and French. Her research interests include American literature and culture from the 20th century to the present, cultural theory, popular culture, conspiracy theories, and (critical) terrorism studies.

Current Projects

Fighting "the Evil Scourge of Terrorism": From 'Jewish Terrorism' to 'Islamic Terrorism' in the United States, 1940-2017 (PhD thesis, completed: 23.09.2019)

Classes Taught

  • PS: Introduction to Literary Studies (WiSe 2018/2019, WiSe 2015/2016)
  • S/LHS: The American Discourse on 'Terrorism' since 1945 (SoSe 2018)
  • PS: 20th Century American Drama (SoSe 2016)
  • PS: Reconsidering the American Dream (SoSe 2015)




  • "'Wanted Dead or Alive': Remote Warfare and the Hunt for Osama bin Laden." New Cultures of Remote Warfare, edited by Rebecca Adelman und David Kieran, University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.


  • "Constructing 'Arab Terrorism'—The Slow Emergence of Terrorism Discourse in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s." COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, Vol. 17, Nr. 1, 2016, http://copas.uni-regensburg.de/article/view/252/348 .

Conference Presentations & Talks


  • "Constructing Middle East Terrorism Discourses—The American-Israeli Relations in the 1960s and 1970s." Israel-US Special Relations—International Conference, University of Sussex, 12.-13. September 2016.


  • "From Israel to Iran - The Origins of the Discourse on Arab Terrorism." Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies, University of Bamberg, 8. November 2015.