Photographer: Raymond van Mil

dr. G.H. (George) Blaustein

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Room number: E 1.14
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252269
    T: 0205254464


George Blaustein is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Nightmare Envy & Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2018). He received his doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and his essays and reviews have appeared in N+1Amerikastudien/American StudiesAmerican Quarterly, Vrij Nederland, and De Groene Amsterdammer. He is also the president of the Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA).


Nightmare Envy & Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Essays & Reviews

"Trolling and Terrorism: Surrealism in Charlottesville," De Groene Amsterdammer (August 23, 2017). [in Dutch translation]

"The Tomb of Adam and the Tomb of Ornithorhynchus," in American Phantasmagoria: Modes of Representation in US Culture; in honor of Alide Cagidemetrio (Venice, Supernova, 2017), 45-64. 

"Act Normal or Go Away: Dutch Election Diary," N+1 (March 18, 2017). 

"This is Not the Apocalypse," N+1 (January 12, 2017). 

"The Obama Speeches," N+1, Issue 27 (Winter 2017).

"Miracles and Mummeries: Antonin Scalia and American Religion," N+1, issue 25 (Spring 2016).

"Culture, Personality, and the American Century," American Quarterly, 66.4 (December 2014): 1117-1127.

"Redeemer Nation / Remedy Nation: American Studies and Military Occupation," in Legacies of the U.S. Occupation of Japan: Appraisals after Sixty Years, edited by Rosa Caroli and Duccio Basosi (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

"Why American Civilization?: American Literature and Academic Exchange in Occupied Europe," Zeitgeschichte, 39.1 (May 2012): 20-31.

"Flight to Germany: Paul Beatty, the Color Line, and the Berlin Wall," Amerikastudien / American Studies 55.4, special issue on "African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges" (April 2011): 725-738.

"'Other' American Studies: The Salzburg Seminar, American Intellectuals and Postwar Europe," in E pluribus unum or E pluribus plura? Unity and Diversity in American Culture, edited by Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, David Mauk, and Ole Moen (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011)



  • Blaustein, G. H. (2018). Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction. New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Blaustein, G. (2014). Culture, Personality, and the American Century [Review of: P. Mandler (2013) Return from the natives: how Margaret Mead won the Second World War and lost the Cold War; L.J. Friedman (2013) The lives of Erich Fromm: love's prophet; I. Parmar (2012) Foundations of the American century: the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the rise of American power]. American Quarterly, 66(4), 1117-1127. DOI: 10.1353/aq.2014.0071  [details] 


  • Blaustein, G. (2012). Why American civilization? American literature and academic exchange in occupied Europe. Zeitgeschichte, 39(1), 20-31. [details] 


  • Blaustein, G. (2010). Flight to Germany: Paul Beatty, the color line, and the Berlin Wall. Amerikastudien, 55(4), 725-738.


  • Blaustein, G. H. (2017). The Tomb of Adam and the Tomb of Ornithorhynchus. In R. Mamoli Zorzi, & S. Francescato (Eds.), American Phantasmagoria: Modes of Representation in US Culture (pp. 45-64). [3] Venezia: Supernova.


  • Blaustein, G. (2014). Redeemer Nation/Remedy Nation: American Studies and Military Occupation. In R. Caroli, & D. Basosi (Eds.), Legacies of the U.S. occapation of Japan: appraisals after sixty years (pp. 178-189). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [details] 


  • Blaustein, G. (2011). ‘Other’ American studies: the Salzburg Seminar, American intellectuals and postwar Europe. In H-J. Grabbe, D. Mauk, & O. Moen (Eds.), E pluribus unum or E pluribus plura? Unity and diversity in American culture (pp. 261-286). (European views of the United States; No. 3). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

Talk / presentation

  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (9-11-2017): Strangers in the Village: James Baldwin, Margaret Mead, and the West, Constructing America, Defining Europe, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (28-9-2017): Out of Time: Anachronisms Old and New, The U.S. and the World We Inhabit, Milan, Italy.
  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (6-7-2017): Paranoia, Gullibility, Finitude, and Farce, American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht.
  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (21-3-2017): Americanists in Unexpected Places, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
  • Blaustein, George (invited speaker) (22-11-2016): Toward the Americanist Century -- and After, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • Blaustein, George (invited speaker) (16-11-2016): The Speeches of Barack Obama, SIB-Leiden.
  • Blaustein, George (invited speaker) (15-11-2016): Divination and Founding Documents: A lecture about the Supreme Court, originalism, and American religious pluralism, Amsterdam Honors College of Law.
  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (8-11-2016): On Satire, Politics, and the Insult, Spui 25.
  • Blaustein, George (speaker) (27-10-2016): National Character in the Americanist Century: Japanese antique, Neo-Melanesian modern, and our own bewildering country, Forging the American Century, Nijmegen, Netherlands.


  • Blaustein, George (organiser) (15-9-2016 - 16-9-2016): American Studies after the Digital Turn (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Stangherlin, N. (in press). A Connecticut Yankee in Utopia: Mark Twain Between Past, Present and Future
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