Jana Marlene Mader is a PhD candidate at the Department for German Literature at the University of Munich, Germany. She is a also a fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center of Bard College in New York and works as an author and translator. Most recently, she taught in the German Department at the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses

19th- and 21st-century German literary, cultural, and media studies, German and American literature of the Romantic period, Romantic literature and painting, national narratives in literature and postcolonial studies. Her debut novel "Wir alles, wir nichts" was published in 2017. In 2021, she co-founded the nonprofit organization "Women Imprint" that documents the imprint of women whose lives and actions continue to inspire today. 


As a writer and scholar, she works at the interface between literature and academics. She lives in New York and Munich.


Jana Marlene Mader is a member of the Hannah Arendt Center in New York, the Simone de Beauvoir Society in Paris and the American Comparative Literature Association.


Latest Publication 

Date: 7/21/2020 | Rowohlt, Germany


Denkräume. Von Orten und Ideen. [Places and Spaces of Thinking]

How much does the place condition thinking and writing? Do the best thoughts come up in silence? Or in motion, whether on the dance floor of a club or in the streets of a city? Do you think alone, or are you always connected with others? Writers, journalists and scholars talk and reflect on their places of thinking and writing. In doing so, they look at the café and the desk as well as at absurd spaces and aesthetic processes of experience.


With contributions by Carolin Emcke, David Wagner, Joseph O’Neill, Kathrin Passig, Ann Cotten, Mercedes Bunz, Iman HumaydanBernhard Waldenfels, Meryl Altman, and others.

[Ed. with Simone Jung; published in German]