Waldemar Zacharasiewicz studied English and German at the University of Graz and received his Dr. phil. degree in 1967 and served as Univ. Assistant in the Dept. of English. He submitted his postdoctoral thesis for the habilitation in 1973 after research in Birmingham and Oxford, GB, and was promoted to Universitätsdozent. In 1974 he was appointed Full Professor English and American Studies at the University of Vienna and served in this capacity until October 2010. From 1998 to February 2014 he was also Director of the Canadian Studies Center of the U of Vienna. In between he was a Visiting Professor, Visiting Fellow or Visiting Scholar at many North American universities (such as the U of Virginia and Yale U, Duke U and the U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford U and the U of British Columbia, the U of Minnesota and the U of Maryland at College Park, the U of Ottawa, Princeton U and the U of Texas at Austin, and at the U of South Carolina in Columbia. He also taught as an Erasmus Visiting Professor at several European universities. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of Academia Europaea, and a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
He has received grants and research awards from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Humanities Research Center in Austin as well as the Fulbright Commission and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and has had several Canadian Studies Research Awards. In 2018 he was awarded the title of "Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa" of the Eötvös Loránd University. His main areas of research are the transatlantic cultural exchange, travel literature and imagology, immigration and ethnic voices in North America, the literature and culture of the American South, the literature and culture of (Anglophone) Canada.
He has published six monographs and has edited or co-edited more than twenty collections of essays, as well as more than 100 articles in professional journals or collections of essays as well as more than 30 reviews.
Transatlantic Networks and the Perception and Representation of Vienna and Austria between the 1920s and 1950s. Wien: Verlag der ÖAW, 2018. 323 pp.
Imagology Revisited, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, 571 pp.
Images of Germany in American Literature, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press 2007, 253 pp.
Das Deutschlandbild in der amerikanischen Literatur, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1998, x+419pp, 20 Abb.
Die Erzählkunst des amerikanischen Südens (Erträge der Forschung, vol. 290), Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1990, ix + 223pp.
Die Klimatheorie in der englischen Literatur und Literaturkritik von der Mitte des 16. bis zum frühen 18. Jahrhundert. Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie 77, Wien: Braumüller 1977, 666 pp.
Die “Cosmic Voyage” und die “Excursion” in der englischen Dichtung des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts (Dissertationen der Universität Graz 4), Wien: Notring 1969, 204 pp.
Ideas Crossing the Atlantic: Theories, Normative Conceptions, and Cultural Images. Hg. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz und Christoph Irmscher. Wien: Verlag der ÖAW, 2019. 445 pp.
Return from Exile – Rückkehr aus dem Exil: Exiles, Returnees and Their Impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Austria and Central Europe, ed. together with Manfred Prisching. Wien: Verlag der ÖAW, 2017. 496 pp.
Ein Filmphilosophiesymposium mit Robert B. Pippin: Western, Film Noir und das Kino der Brüder Dardenne, ed. together with Ludwig Nagl. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2016. 255 pp.
Narratives of Encounters in the North Atlantic Triangle, ed. together with David Staines. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015. 411 pp.
Immigration and Integration in North America: Canadian and Austrian Perspectives. / Immigration und Integration in Nordamerika: Kanadische und Österreichische Perspektiven, ed. together with F. Peter Kirsch. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2014. 167 pp.
Cultural Circulation: Dialogues between Canada and the American South, ed. together with Christoph Irmscher. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013. 398 pp.
Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011, 394pp.