Sebastian M. Herrmann works as assistant lecturer at American Studies Leipzig since 2007. His recently completed dissertation focused on the cultural work of ‘epistemic panic’ about the US president expressed in fiction, nonfiction, and semifictional texts since the late 1960s. He is also the founding head editor of aspeers, the first and currently only graduate journal for European American studies, a teaching and publication project on the MA level he has chaired for four consecutive years serving as head editor for the first four issues of the journal. After studying at Leipzig and Cornell University, Sebastian M. Herrmann graduated in 2006 with a degree in American studies and computer science from the University of Leipzig. He is a grantee of stipends from the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst and the Fulbright Commission. While still a student, he co-organized a conference on ambivalences of Americanization in Central and Eastern Europe and has both contributed to and coedited the resulting volume Ambivalent Americanizations: Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe.