Biographical Note

I am a researcher, educator, and academic activities manager. Currently, I teach American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. I hold a doctorate in English (University of Münster, Germany, 2007) and a postdoctoral degree in North American Studies (Bielefeld University, 2016) – see also my CV page:

I have previously taught at the universities of Münster, Bielefeld, and Wuppertal (all Germany) – see also: From 2007-2010 I co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld. Before that, I had co-organized several scholarly and cultural events in Münster.

My research and teaching interests include the literary genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama; Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Science Studies as well as popular culture. I have published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011). I have edited several journal issues, most recently The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). My new book, to appear soon, is titled Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861. See also: