This portrait shows Phillip James Grider.


Phillip James Grider, M.A.

University of Duisburg-Essen
Institut für Anglophone Studien
R12 S04 H02
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen

Room R12 S04 H02
E-mail phillip.grider [at]

Curriculum Vitae

Phillip Grider received his MA in American studies from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2021. In his thesis, he uncovered how the 19th century Louisiana author George Washington Cable’s deployment of botanical imagery represents the synthesis of a distinctly American culture of hybrids and transplants in post-Purchase Louisiana. During his MA studies, he worked as a student assistant in the DFG research unit "Ambiguität und Unterscheidung: Historisch-Kulturelle Dynamiken."
Currently, he is preparing his PhD project, which will build on the research pursued in his MA thesis.

In the summer term 2021, Phillip is substituting for Wiebke Engel during her parental leave.

Research Interests

  • American cultural and literary studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Louisiana and the American South
  • Early American Botany
  • Ambiguity
  • Poetry

Courses Taught at the UDE

  • 'A Land Hung in Mourning': The Work of George Washington Cable (HS)
  • A Survey of American Literature (PS)