The Society for German-American Studies is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1976 to promote the scholarly study of the German element in the context of culture and society in the Americas; to produce, present, and publish research findings and educational materials; and to assist researchers, teachers, and students in pursuing their interests in German-American Studies.

The SGAS is governed by an Executive Committee, which is elected by the SGAS membership.

Executive Committee Officers

Cora Lee Kluge, University of Wisconsin–Madison,

Vice President
Mark Louden, University of Wisconsin–Madison,

Achim Kopp, Mercer University,

Karen Roesch, The University of Texas at Austin,

Membership Officers

Membership Coordinator North America
Antje Petty, University of Wisconsin–Madison,

Membership Coordinator Europe
Katja Hartmann, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit,

Officers in Charge of Publications

  • Joshua Brown, Newsletter Editor, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire,
  • William D. Keel, Yearbook Editor, University of Kansas, Lawrence,
  • Antje Petty, Webmaster, University of Wisconsin–Madison,

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates for the annual Outstanding Achievement Award and for the biennial officer election.

Karl J.R. Arndt Publication Fund

The committee evaluates applications for financial support to publish scholarly research on the German element in the context of the culture and society of the Americas.

Albert Bernhardt Faust Research Fund

The committee evaluates applications for financial support to conduct research in the field of German-American Studies as defined by the Society.

Friends of the German Historical Institute

Become a member of the the SGAS

Minutes of SGAS membership meetings (password required)