About Pia

Pia Herzan is a Research Associate at the Chair of North American History, University of Erfurt, and Co-Investigator in the Research Unit on Voluntariness. Her research focuses on voluntariness and political practice in the emerging United States. Prior to working for a German-American cultural and educational institute and a political foundation, she studied North American Studies and Political Science in Berlin and Konstanz.

Research Field

North American History


University of Erfurt

Department of History

Pia Herzan

Pia Herzan

Co-Investigator (North American History)

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