Roberta Maierhofer

Roberta Maierhofer is professor of (Inter)-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, and a leading expert of aging studies in Europe. From 1999 to 2011, she held a series of Vice-Rector positions for International Relations (1999-2003), International Relations and Affirmative Action for Women (2003-2007), and International Relations and Interdisciplinary Cooperation (2007-2011). In 2000, she initiated and established the focus area South-Eastern Europe for the University of Graz, as one of the first European universities, and was instrumental in establishing structures, programs and funding opportunities in order to establish an emphasis region in research, teaching and cooperation. This know-how of regional and inter-regional collaboration was fundamental for her leadership role at the Center for Inter-American Studies, which she has been directing since February 2007, and also determined how the University of Graz established a second regional focus area in terms of North-, Central- and South America in 2012 (“Strategie 2020”). She is co-editor of a book series, originally “Aging Studies in Europe” (LIT Verlag), which is now being published as “Aging Studies” at transcript, and served as a member of the editorial board, of the Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, and is a member of the Aging and Ageism Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association and the Modern Language Association (USA). As a founding member of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), she also supported the establishment of the North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS). She is a member of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research focuses on American Literature and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Transatlantic Cooperation in Education and Age/Aging Studies. In her publication, Salty Old Women: Gender and Aging in American Culture, she developed a theoretical approach to gender and aging (anocriticism), and she has published widely in the field of cultural gerontology. Since 2011, she has been representing Austrian universities as a member of the Board of the Austrian Fulbright Commission, is a member of the University Council of the University of Bamberg, and holds the position of an Adjunct Associate Professor at Binghamton University, NY (since 1996). Since 2004, she has been directing various summer schools of the University of Graz, which she established in the fields of European and Inter-American Studies. Since 2011, she has been directing the Master Program in Continuing Education on Interdisciplinary Gerontology with UniforLife, the continuing education institution of the University of Graz. As a member of doctoral schools, for example of the two programs of the University of Graz on Gender and Migration, and of the University of Malaga and UNED, Spain, she also advises and supports early career researchers. She also acts as a co-advisor in terms of the Joint Degree in English and American Studies and well as the Joint Degree in Gender Studies of the University of Graz.