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Dr. G.H. (George) Blaustein

American Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
Photographer: Raymond van Mil

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: E 1.14
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    George Blaustein is senior lecturer of American Studies and History at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Nightmare Envy & Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2018), a study of Americanist writing and institutions in the 20th century. His essays and reviews have appeared in N+1, New, The New RepublicVrij Nederland, and De Groene Amsterdammer, as well as Amerikastudien/American Studies and American Quarterly. He received his doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and was the president of the Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA) from 2014 to 2020.


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

    Essays & Reviews


    American History, Beginning to End (12 ECTS, BA) America Inside Out: International Perspectives on the United States (12 ECTS, MA) The Craft of American Studies (6 ECTS, BA) Metropolitan America (6 ECTS or 12 ECTS, BA)
  • Publications


    • Blaustein, G. (2018). Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Blaustein, G. H. (2018). A New Translation of an Anti-Heroic German Doorstopper of 1968. The New Yorker.
    • Blaustein, G. H. (2018). My Fellow Prisoners: On John McCain. N+1.



    • Blaustein, G. H. (2016). The Obama Speeches. N+1, 27, 5-16.


    • Blaustein, G. (2020). Only Dead Metaphors Can Be Resurrected: A Review of Jill Lepore’s These Truths. European Journal of American Studies, 15(2).


    • Blaustein, G. (2019). [Review of: D.H. Price (2016) Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology]. H-Diplo Roundtable Review, 20(25), 9-11.


    • Blaustein, G. (2018). Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Blaustein, G. H. (2018). 'Americanists in Unexpected Places': An Interview with George Blaustein, author of Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction. New Americanist, 1(1), 175-186.


    • 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. [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. [details]


    • 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 Publishers. [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.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Blaustein, G. (speaker) (9-11-2017). Strangers in the Village: James Baldwin, Margaret Mead, and the West, Constructing America, Defining Europe, Utrecht.
    • Blaustein, G. (speaker) (28-9-2017). Out of Time: Anachronisms Old and New, The U.S. and the World We Inhabit, Milan.
    • Blaustein, G. (speaker) (6-7-2017). Paranoia, Gullibility, Finitude, and Farce, American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht.
    • Blaustein, G. (invited speaker) (21-3-2017). Americanists in Unexpected Places, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
    • Blaustein, G. (invited speaker) (22-11-2016). Toward the Americanist Century -- and After, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
    • Blaustein, G. (invited speaker) (16-11-2016). The Speeches of Barack Obama, SIB-Leiden.
    • Blaustein, G. (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, G. (speaker) (8-11-2016). On Satire, Politics, and the Insult, Spui 25.
    • Blaustein, G. (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.


    • Blaustein, G. (organiser) (14-12-2018). The Future of American Studies in the Netherlands, Amsterdam. The Future of American Studies in the Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Blaustein, G. (organiser) (15-9-2016 - 16-9-2016). American Studies after the Digital Turn, Middelburg (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


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