(German) Academia and White Supremacy


  • Nele Sawallisch
  • Rahab Njeri




Academia, Black (Female) Scholars, Germany, Racism


This collaboration extends the discussions of white supremacy to the space of German academia by offering personal reminiscences and reflections on experiences as a Black and as a white scholar in this system.

Author Biographies

Nele Sawallisch

Nele Sawallisch received her PhD in 2017 from the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, where she is also currently working as a lecturer. Her forthcoming book Fugitive Borders: Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century “(transcript, 2019) discusses community-building processes and genealogies in autobiographical writing by formerly enslaved men from the 1850s in the North American borderland between the United States and Canada. She was a guest editor for COPAS“ 16.1 (2015) and assistant manager of Amerikastudien/American Studies“ until June 2019.

Rahab Njeri

Rahab Njeri studied British and North American History, African Studies, and English Studies at the University of Cologne from 2006-2012. In 2012, she finished her interdisciplinary Master’s thesis with the title “If you’re light you’re Alright”: Skin Bleaching among African American Women“ (1945-1970). Since April 2013, Njeri is a doctoral student at the University of Trier, in the International Research Group “IRTG 1864Diversity: Mediating Differences in Transcultural Spaces”, Department of International History, working on her Ph.D. project Black Canadas: Construction and Representation of Blackness in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal from 1960 to 1990. Her research fields and academic interest are Postcolonial Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies, Black Diaspora, Gender Studies, and African Studies.




How to Cite

Sawallisch, Nele, and Rahab Njeri. “(German) Academia and White Supremacy”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, June 2020, pp. 55-71, doi:10.5283/copas.315.

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