A few words about my academic life…



I studied English and American Studies, Art History, and Modern History in Germany and the USA. In 2007, I received my PhD from the University of Münster. I obtained my postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) from Bielefeld University in 2016.

From 2007-2019, I worked as a researcher and lecturer in American and Inter-American Studies in Bielefeld and at the University of Wuppertal. In 2018-2019, I also taught Academic Writing in Bielefeld and at the University of Giessen.
For more information about me, see my  CV 

My research interests include the genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama. I also work in Ethnic, Gender, and Science Studies and on popular culture. Browse this website for more information about my work.

aboutSince September 2019, I have been a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), University of Central Lancashire, UK.  I also teach modules on American literature and culture. Click on the IBAR icon for more information.



Marie Curie Fellowship

In September 2019, I have taken up work as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research. Located at the University of Central Lancashire, I will be working on my new research project. It is titled “Black Inter-American Mobilities and Autobiography in the Age of Revolutions (1760-1860).” During that time, different …

IAS Thesis Award

In 2016 I received the Thesis Award of the International Association for Inter-American Studies. In giving me this award, the association honored my postdoctoral thesis. The monograph is titled “Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in U.S. American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.” It analyses how travelogues from these three countries depicted Texas in …