1982 – 1988
Studied history and political science in Hamburg and at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany.
1988 – 1989
Research associate on the research project "German craftsmen in Italy, 14th- 16th centuries" under Prof. Dr. Knut Schulz, FU Berlin.
Research associate on a research project on the topic of women in the services sector, funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and supervised by Prof. Dr. Carol Hagemann-White, TU Berlin, Germany.
Doctorate from FU Berlin: "Deß Menschen Feinde werden seine eigene Haußgenossen seyn ..." – Maidservants in the 'Ganzes Haus' (extended household): Schwäbisch Hall in the 17th century.
1994 – 1999
Teaching assignments at the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
1996 – 1999
Research associate on a research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and lead by Prof. Dr. Luise Schorn-Schütte: Protestant and Catholic clergy during the early modern period.
1997 – 1998
Contract with the City of Leonberg, Germany, to publish a collected volume in conjunction with a two-year project seminar at the University of Stuttgart: Women's lives in Leonberg (16th-20th centuries).
1999 – 2004
Assistant under the chair of early modern studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification): Church spaces. Patterns of action by clergy, authorities and congregations in the City of Hildesheim and in the Kleines Stift (small abbey) at Hildesheim, 1550-1750
2003 – 2004
Acting chair at Goethe University Frankfurt (temporary replacement for the chair in early modern studies, Prof. Dr. Schorn-Schütte)
2004 – 2006
University lecturer in early modern history and coordinator of the German Research Foundation (DFG) International Research Training Group (IGK) "Political language from antiquity to the 20th century" with partner institutions Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Innsbruck, University of Trento and University of Bologna, at Goethe University Frankfurt
2004 – 2005
Acting Chair at Goethe University Frankfurt (temporary replacement for the chair in early modern studies, Prof. Dr. Schorn-Schütte)
2004 – 2005
Acting Chair (partial replacement for the chair in early modern studies, Prof. Dr. Kaspar von Greyerz) at the University of Basel, Switzerland
2005 – 2006
Acting Chair of early modern studies at the University of Kassel, Germany
2006 – 2011
Professor of early modern history at the University of Kassel.
Professor of early modern history at the University of Tübingen, Germany
Overseas Visiting Scholarship to St John's College at Cambridge, UK