Pia Wiegmink is lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. From 2011 to 2012, she was visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC. For her current research project "Re-Configuring the Nation: Transnational Abolitionist Narratives and Discourses of Personhood and Gender, 1776-1920" (working title) she received an ECCLES Center fellowship in North American Studies from the British Library (2011, one month) and a post-doc fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (2012, DAAD, one year).
From January 2005 until March 2010 Pia Wiegmink was lecturer in American Studies at the University of Siegen where she has also submitted her dissertation entitled "Protest EnACTed: Activist Performance in the Contemporary United States." She has been associate member of the International PhD Program "Performance and Media Studies" at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the International Research Training Group "Interart Studies" at the Free University Berlin.
Pia Wiegmink is author of two monographs, Theatralität und Öffentlicher Raum [Theatricality and Public Space], Tectum 2005, and Protest EnACTed, Winter 2011 and has published numerous articles on political performance as well as essays on American dramatist Naomi Wallace, Walt Disney, and the Obama campaign of 2008.
Her current research interests include abolitionist literature, feminism, and transnational American studies. Further research interests include performance theory, art and activism, political theater and cultural studies.