Welcome to my website! I am currently Associate Professor (PD Dr.) at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where I focus on the creative intersections of U.S. literature, art, and media.

Cartoon Art by Farzaneh Ehsani Moayed

In my research and teaching, I am interested in the cultural specificities of creative bordercrossings that take place at the intersections of literature, media, and art in a globalized and transcultural world. I believe that no form of human expression, whether analogue or digital, takes place in isolation. It is only through social interaction and self-reflective dialogues across borders that we can strive for our best potential as human beings.

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 prepartion 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 (Francke Verlag 2010). I held the position of Visiting Professor of German at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, USA, and as Interim 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, SUNY New Paltz and 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 (Narr Verlag 2003).

My research areas include:

  • US Literary Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies from the 19th Century to the 21st Century
  • Global Studies and Transnational Studies
  • US Poetry: Print Poetry, Illustrated Poetry, Performance Poetry Poetry Slams, Poetryfilms and E-Poetry
  • Digital Literature and Digital Archives
  • Herman Melville and Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
  • Creative Receptions, Adaptation Studies, Popular Culture

If you are interested in collaborating across and beyond cultural and institutional borders, whether you are an artist, scholar, or both, please contact me at:

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