Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jan Alber

  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jan Alber Copyright: Peter Winandy

Jan Alber has been University Professor of English-language literary and cultural studies with a focus on cognition at the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Arts and Humanities since October 2016. In his research he explores the question how recipients interpret narratives using cognitive grids. He is also interested in all unconventional or extraordinary forms of literature and culture.


Born June 10, 1973, in Bietigheim-Bissingen


1994 to 2001 Studied English, political science, and philosophy in Freiburg and Reading, UK
2005 Acquired Dr.phil. degree at the University of Freiburg
2013 Habilitation on "unnatural" narratives in Freiburg - awarded the Habilitation prize from the German Association for the Study of English


2006 to 2014 Academic advisor in public servant position for a limited time, English seminar, Freiburg

2007 to 2008

DFG research grant, Project Narrative, The Ohio State University, USA
2011 to 2012 Humboldt fellow, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina
2013 Interim W2 professor of English literary studies, TU Darmstadt
2014 to 2016 AIAS-COFUND (Marie Curie) research grant, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark)
2017 President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)


Free time: family, camping, sports – particularly mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking, playing piano and drums

I hate reality but it's still the best place to get a good steak.

Woody Allen