Steering Committee

Tanfer Emin Tunç (Turkey)
Annessa Ann Babic (United States)
Ingrid Gessner (Austria)
Susanne Leikam (Germany)

Annessa Ann Babic is a freelance writer and adjunct associate professor and lecturer in New York, New York. She specializes in women’s studies, American social and cultural history, public health narratives, and transnational studies with a particular emphasis on the modern Middle East and US-Turkish relations. She is the author and co-editor of several books and has produced numerous book chapters, reference entries, book reviews, and journal articles. Her publications deal extensively on nationalism, women’s rights, women’s liberation, Turkish-US relations, transnational feminism, and travel literature. Her most recent book is America’s Changing Icons (FDU Press, 2018). In 2017 she co-edited an issue of Food and Foodways (with Tanfer Emin Tunc), and her recent chapter on Chinese American takeway dinners released in the collection Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea (U of Arkansas Press, 2018). Aside from looking at the popular culture venues of food and food products Dr. Babic has also published rather heartedly on the manifestation, evolution, and incorporation of modern culture artifacts into our daily lives. Additionally, she has an active publishing career outside of academia and is a co-chair of the European Association of American Studies Women’s Network Steering Committee. Currently, she is finishing a discursive project on travel literature and the perceptions of place and space. Email:

Ingrid Gessner is Professor of English and American Studies at the Vorarlberg University of Education, Feldkirch, Austria. She has been a Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2016. Her studies have also led her to the University of California, Davis, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her master’s degree from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, and her doctorate from the University of Regensburg. Her book Yellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (2016) has been awarded the Peter Lang Young Scholars Award. She is the author of Collective Memory as Catharsis? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Public Controversy (2000) and of the award-winning From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences (2007). She co-edited special issues on Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture (with Susanne Leikam; 2013) and on Commemorating World War II at 70: Ethnic and Transnational Perspectives (with Birgit Däwes; 2015). Further publications include articles on 9/11, gender studies, eco-photography, and on questions of transnationalism. She has served as assistant editor of Amerikastudien/American Studies and as editor of the e-journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies and is a founding member of the Digital American Studies Initiative (DASI) within the German Association for American Studies. Since 2014 she is a member of the EAAS Women’s network steering committee and a founding member of the network’s e-journal WiN. She will continue this important work within the EAAS and the ASA, where she has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2017. Email:

Susanne Leikam is an independent scholar and teacher of American Studies. In her research, she focuses on visual culture studies, memory studies, ecocriticism, and works on entangling the environment closer with Transnational American Studies. She has also engaged in the study of the intersection of gender and environmental disasters in American popular culture and the global media. Her dissertation Framing Spaces in Motion: Tracing Visualizations of Earthquakes into Twentieth-Century San Francisco (Winter; 2015) analyzes the development of the visual repertoires and interpretive framings of earthquakes from early modern Europe into the twentieth-century United States. Further publications include, among others, Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture (spec. issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies; co-edited with Ingrid Gessner; 2013), “‘Transnational Tales’ of Risk and Coping: Californian Disaster Narratives in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries” (Transnational American Studies, ed. Udo J. Hebel; 2012), "Environmental Imaginations of the California Channel Islands and Ecological Crisis in T.C. Boyle’s When the Killing's Done” (Ecozon@; 2014), and “Picturing High Water: The 2013 Floods in Southeastern Germany and Colorado” (Extreme Weather and Global Media, eds. Julia Leyda and Diane Negra; 2015). E-mail:

Tanfer Emin Tunc is a Professor of American Studies at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She holds a BA, MA and PhD in U.S. history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and specializes in women’s and gender studies, American social and cultural history, and the medical humanities. Prof. Tunc is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation of Princeton University, Rockefeller University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, Smith College, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Hastings Center for Bioethics and Public Policy, and the Salzburg Global Fellowship. She has published extensively in a diverse range of fields, from the history of medicine, sexuality and reproduction, to Asian American culture, southern studies, transnational feminism, and women writers. Most recently, her interests have taken her in the direction of food studies. Publications in this area include articles on food and the American Civil War (in the European Journal of American Culture, War & Society and Home Cultures); American World War I food propaganda (in War and History); and food in post-WWII America (in Cold War History, Global Food History and Food, Culture and Society). Prof. Tunc also co-edited a special issue of Food and Foodways on World War II and the American Diet (25.2, 2017), and her ninth book, the co-edited volume Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Chinese and Japanese Restaurants in the United States was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2018. In addition to her position as a member of the EAAS Women’s Network Steering Committee, Prof. Tunc is also Vice President of the American Studies Association of Turkey, a Board Member of the European Association for American Studies, a member of the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network, and on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Medical History, Journal of American Studies of Turkey, European Journal of American Studies and WiN: The EAAS Women’s Network Journal. A complete list of her publications can be found here. (

Former Steering Committee Members

Carmen Birkle, Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany): 2010–2014

Justine Tally, University of La Laguna (Spain): 2010–2014

Meldan Tanrisal, Hacettepe University (Turkey): 2012–2014

Rubén Cenamor, Universidad de Barcelona (Spain): 2014–2018