Welcome to my website! I am currently Associate Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where I focus on the creative intersections between U.S. literature, media, and art.
In my research and teaching, I am specifically interested in the cultural bordercrossings that take place at the intersections between literature, media, and art. I believe that it is only through social interaction and self-reflective dialogue across 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.
In 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).
I have previously 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, and as Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. I was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University and at the Melville Society Archive in New Bedford, at Emory University, and at the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz while living in Woodstock, NY. I studied British and American Studies as well as Geography and Economic Studies at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria, where I completed my M.A. with a thesis titled Sound of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (2003).
My research and teaching interests include:
- US Literature, Media and Culture from the early 19th Century to the 21st Century
- Moby-Dick in Popular Culture
- Adaptation Studies
- Digital Archives and Databases, Periodical Research, Reception Studies
- US American Poetry: Print Poetry, Illustrated Poetry, Performance Poetry (incl. Poetry Slams), Poetryfilms and E-Poetry
If you are interested in collaborating across and beyond cultural and institutional borders, feel free to contact me at: email@example.com