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I am currently Associate Professor in American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. (Kommissarische Lehrstuhlvertretung Amerikanistik; Englisches Seminar).

In November 2017 I completed my Habilitation at TU Dortmund, where I received the venia legendi in American Literary and Cultural Studies with a thesis titled Ahab in Love: The Creative Reception of Moby-Dick in Popular Culture (in preparation for publication).

In my research and teaching, I am interested in the cultural bordercrossings that take place at the intersections between literature, media, and art from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Cartoon Art by Farzaneh Ehsani Moayed

I believe that it is only through social interactions and self-reflective dialogues acoss and beyond national and institutional borders that we can strive for our best potential as scholars and students of creative and mediatized expressions in a globalized world.

Previously, I have taught as Assistant Professor of American Studies at TU Dortmund University, Germany, where I completed my PhD summa cum laude with a thesis titled Poetry Goes Intermedia: U.S.-amerikanische Lyrik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts (2010). I held the position of Visiting Professor of German at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, USA, in 2006, and as Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in the winter semester 2009/2010.

I was Visiting Researcher at Harvard University and at the Melville Society Archive in New Bedford (March 2012), Emory University (2005/2006) and at SUNY New Paltz (July-Aug 2000). I completed my Mag. phil. summa cum laude with a thesis titled Sound of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (2003) at the University of Graz and have also studied at Roehampton University in London (WS 1999/2000) and at Texas A&M (Summer 1997).

My research and teaching interests include:

  • US Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies: from the 19th to the 21st centuries
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Popular Culture and Visual Culture
  • Adaptation Studies and Reception Studies
  • US American Poetry (incl. performance poetry, poetry slams, poetryfilms, E-poetry)
  • Digital Archives and Digital Databases
  • Identity Politics (‘race’/ethnicity, class, gender; intersectionality)

If you are interested in collaborating across and beyond cultural and institutional borders, please send me an email:

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