German Studies Association

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The German Studies Association (GSA) is an international organization of scholars in history, literature, economics, culture studies, and political science who study Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The organization began in 1976 as the Western Association for German Studies, and was renamed as the GSA in 1983 after transforming itself into first a North American organization, and then an international one.

The founder and long-time executive director of the GSA was Professor Gerald R. Kleinfeld of Arizona State University. He also served as the first editor of the association's scholarly journal, the German Studies Review, which was first published in 1978. The executive director's position is currently held by Professor David E. Barclay of Kalamazoo College, while the German Studies Review is edited by Professor Diethelm Prowe of Carleton College. In 2012 Sabine Hake of the University of Texas, Austin will take over as editor of the GSR for a five-year term. The association is governed by a Board elected by the members in accordance with the GSA by-laws. The GSA holds an annual conference each autumn in a North American location.

Recent presidents of the German Studies Association include Patricia Herminghouse, University of Rochester (2003-2004); Katherine Roper, St. Mary's College of California (2005-2006); Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2007-2008); and Celia Applegate University of Rochester (2009-2010). Stephen Brockmann Carnegie Mellon University, is GSA president in 2011-2012, and he will be succeeded by Suzanne Marchand Louisiana State University, in 2013.

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