is a researcher, educator, and academic activities manager. Currently, she teachesAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a doctorate in English (University of Münster, Germany, 2007) and a postdoctoral degree in North American Studies (Bielefeld University, 2016).
She has taught in Münster, Bielefeld, and at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 2007-2010 she co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld. Before that, she had co-organized several academic and cultural events in Münster.
Her academic research and teaching interests include travel writing, autobiography, and drama, ethnicity, gender, and science studies. She has published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011). She has also edited The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). Her new book will appear soon: Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.