Nicole Hirschfelder teaches and researches North-American literary and cultural studies at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). She studied in Frankfurt and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and spent the second year of her PhD conducting research in the course of Yale University’s PhD research scholar program. Her main interests include oppression, the Civil Rights Movement, protest, new social movements and ways of seeing and representing disasters. In 2014, she published her first book, Oppression as Process: The Case of Bayard Rustin. In 2016, she was one of the organizers of a workshop on ethnic diversity, race, and racism in American Studies in Germany in Tübingen that was followed by the publication of an edited volume, titled, Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Facing Problems of Race, Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany. Since the emergence of the movement, she has been presenting and publishing on the Black Lives Matter Movement and frequently collaborates with schools and other institutions to facilitate discussions about racism in Germany. In fall 2016, she was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland on a Fulbright scholarship and returned to UMD for the spring term of 2019.