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Annika Thiem, M.A.

Research Fellow

Annika Thiem is a PhD candidate and assistant professor at the American Studies Department. Previously, she worked as Grant Manager and Project Administrator of the EU COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT)”. She completed her M.A. in American Studies at the University of Tübingen in November 2018 with her Master thesis titled “The Puritan Influences in Stephen King’s Carrie, Salem’s Lot, and The Stand.“ For her PhD project she examines ghost stories written by American women writers from the mid-nineteenth to twenty first century. More specifically, her dissertation investigates the subversive potential of the ghost story and the ways in which women writers use the ghost story in order to criticize hegemonic power structures. Her research interests are American literature and culture from the 17th century to the present, specifically Puritanism, nineteenth-century women’s literature, African and Native American Literatures, cultural studies, conspiracy theory studies, as well as film and television studies.


Current Project
  • “Subverting Hegemonic Epistemology and Power: Ghosts and Spirits in American Women’s Writings” (working title, PhD thesis)

Courses Taught

  • Epistemic Violence (winter term 2021/2022)
  • 'Scribbling Women:' Nineteenth-Century Women's Literature (summer term 2021)
  • “Witches in American Literature and Culture” (winter term 2020/21)
  • “Introduction to Cultural Studies” (summer term 2019; summer term 2020)
  • “The American Ghost Story” (winter term 2019/20)


“Conspiracy Theories and Gender and Sexuality.” Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories, edited by Michael Butter and Peter Knight, Routledge, 2020, pp. 292-303.


“The Ghosts of Feminism: American Women’s Ghost Stories in the 19th Century.” As Part of the Lecture Series “American Short Story: Theory, History, Cultural Contexts,” Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 18. December 2019.