CV

Curriculum Vitae

  • Junior Professor (Juniorprofessorin) of American Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, since 2016
  • Equal Opportunity Commissioner (Gleichstellungsbeauftragte), Department of Philology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, since 2013
  • Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) of American Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2007-2016
  • Christoph-Daniel Ebeling Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachussetts in September/October 2014, research grant jointly sponsored by the German Association for American Studies and the American Antiquarian Society
  • Deputy Equal Opportunity Commissioner (stellvertretende Gleichstellungsbeauftragte), Department of Philology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2006-2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2012, awarded summa cum laude), Thesis: “Transforming Bodies: Makeovers and Monstrosities in American Culture”
  • Fellow of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Research School, 2008-2012
  • Master of Arts (with Honors) English/American Studies and Media Studies (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), 2007; Thesis: ‘Yo-ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me’:(De)Constructing Disney’s Trilogy Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Research assistant (stud. Hilfskraft), Department of American Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2006-2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts English/American Studies and Media Studies (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), 2005; Thesis: Superheroes after 9/11: Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2
  • Exchange student at the Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands (Erasmus Grant, 2004-2005)

Grants/Fellowships:

  • Award of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Stiftung Idea Competition for the RUB Schülerlabor, 2015
  • Christoph-Daniel Ebeling Fellowship (German Association for American Studies and American Antiquarian Society), 2014
  • School of Humanities (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Grant for Conferences for the participation at the Visions of Identity: Global Film & Media – The Fourth Annual London Film and Media Conference, 2014
  • Research Grant of the Rector’s Office of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum for the participation at the 13th Annual Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History Conference “Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference”, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, 2011
  • English Seminar (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Grant for Conferences for the participation at the II International Conference The Texts of the Body – Generating Bodies: Discursive Sexed Productions, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2010
  • Associate of the Ruhr-Universität Research School, 2008-2012
  • Master of Arts with Honors, Department of Philology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2007
  • Erasmus Grant, 2004-2005

Research Interests:

  • Cultural Studies (esp. Popular Culture), Cultural Theory, Gender and Queer Studies, Body Studies, Media Studies, Urban Studies; with a particular focus on: Gender, Sexuality and the City, Youth Literature and Film, Pirates in Hollywood Cinema, 19th Century City Mysteries Fiction, Gender in Children’s Culture