About me

Pavel Brunssen

I am a PhD candidate in German Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I am also pursuing a graduate certificate in Judaic Studies at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Before that, I earned my MA from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin and my BA in social work and social pedagogy from the Hochschule Düsseldorf.

Among the main areas of my research interests are antisemitism, antigypsyism, memory cultures, European soccer and fan cultures.

I am the author of Antisemitismus in Fußball-Fankulturen: Der Fall RB Leipzig (2021, Beltz Juventa) and the co-editor of Football and Discrimination: Antisemitism and Beyond (2021, Routledge). (You can learn more about my books here).

In 2011, I co-founded a magazine called ‘Transparent’ which focuses on the political aspects of soccer fan cultures in Germany. Until 2017, I was editor in chief of ‘Transparent’. In addition, I presented at numerous international conferences and I have written book chapters, as well as articles for newspapers such as Das Parlament, Weser Kurier, or Jungle World. Among others, my work has been featured by German broadcasting stations and newspapers such as ZDF, SKY, Sportschau, WDR, and Taz.

I continue to study the portrayal of Roma in film. In September 2017, the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma published my review of the Children and Youth Film ‘Nellys Abenteuer’ (Nelly’s Adventure) which was part of a public debate in Germany about antigypsyism and film. In this context, I was invited to discuss the film in TV after its broadcasting by the German TV-station Südwestrundfunk. In 2018, I co-organized a conference on antigypsyism and film. In this context, I also had the pleasure to be the co-editor of the edited volume Antigypsyism and Film / Antiziganismus und Film (2020, Heidelberg University Publishing) that brings together international scholars and experts on the issue of antigypsyism in film for the first time.