Education & Career

EDUCATION & CAREER SUMMARY: I studied English and American Studies, Art HIstory, and Modern History in Germany and the United States. Since then, I have worked as a researcher and lecturer in North American and Inter-American Studies and as anacademic coordinator at different German universities.


  • 2016            Habilitation (Postdoctoral Degree), Bielefeld University, Germany
  • 2007            Ph.D., English and American Studies, University of Münster, Ger­many
  • 2000            M.A., Art History (Minors: English, Modern History) University of Münster
  • 1997-1998   German Language House Tutor and Student, College of William and Mary, USA


  • 2018-           Adjunct Lecturer in American Studies, Bielefeld University
  • 2015-2017   Lecturer in American Studies, University of Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2008-2015   Several Lectureships in American Studies, Bielefeld University
  • 2011-2015   Postdoctoral Researcher, Bielefeld University
  • 2-3/2013      Archival Research Stay, University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • 10/2012       Visiting Scholar, Instituto Mora and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
  • 1-5/2011      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bielefeld University
  • 2007-2010   Postdoctoral Research Group Assistant and Member, Bielefeld University
  • 2004-2005   Adjunct Lecturer in English, University of Münster
  • 9/2004         Archival Research Stay, New York University and New York Library of the Performing Arts, New York


  • 2016            IAS Thesis Award for the Habilitation Thesis
  • 2011            Three-Year Research Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2011-2012   Conference Travel Grants, Bielefeld University
  • 2011            Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bielefeld University
  • 2010-2011   Conference Travel Grants, German Academic Exchange Service
  • 2010            Dissertation Publication Grant, German Academic Women’s Union
  • 2001-2003   Ph.D. Scholarship,Government of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Project Management, Bielefeld University, Germany

budget, travel, and general management of the research project “Lone Star Vistas,” 2011-2014

Co-ordination of the Research Group E Pluribus Unum, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, 2007-2010

contributed to conceptualization of the research group, coordinated weekly meetings, supported international fellows, assisted with grant applications, wrote reports for general audiences, and copy edited several edited volumes

Committee Member, University of Münster, Germany

student member, academic finding commission for professor in English Studies, 2003-2004

Academic Association Genus, University of Münster

organized a conference and seven lecture series on Gender Studies, 2000-2005; received the university’s Promotion of Women’s Issues Award in 2001