Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2000
    Undergraduate Studies (English and German Studies), Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    Visiting Student (English Literature), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • 2001 – 2002
    MA Studies (English, German, and Comparative Literature), University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • 2002
    Master of Arts, UC Santa Barbara

  • 2002 – 2006
    Doctoral Studies (English, German, and Comparative Literature), University of Munich (LMU), Germany

  • 2004
    Internship, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (3 months)

  • 2006
    PhD (English Literature and Culture), LMU Munich

  • 2006 – 2007
    Teaching Fellow and DAAD Lecturer, Department of German Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

  • 2007 – 2009
    Research Coordinator and Principal Investigator, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Giessen University, Germany

  • 2009
    Visiting Professor, Institute for Cultural Studies, Cornell University, USA

  • 2009 – 2011
    Visiting Scholar, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University, USA

  • 2011 – 2015
    W1-Professor of English Literature and Culture, Department of English and Linguistics, Mainz University, Germany

  • 2013
    Habilitation, Giessen University

  • 2014 – 2015
    Visiting Professor of English and American Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of English, Giessen University

  • Since 2015
    Full Professor of English Literature und Culture, University of Innsbruck

Selected publications

  • Literature and Fascination. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015.

  • Voice, Face, and Fascination: The Art of Physiognomy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare Survey 65 (2012): 77-91.

  • Totgesagte streiten länger: Das Elysium als Austragungsort gelehrter Polemik in George Lytteltons Dialogues of the Dead. Zeitsprünge: Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit 15 (2011): 404-426.

  • (mit Birgit Neumann und Ansgar Nünning) (hrsg.) A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments – Model Interpretations. Trier: WVT 2011.

  • Medusa's Gaze and the Aesthetics of Fascination. Anglia 128/2 (2010): 225-245.

  • Hrsg. Regions of Culture – Regions of Identity / Kulturregionen – Identitätsregionen. Trier: WVT 2010.

  • Physiognomy. In: Michael Hattaway (hrsg.). A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture. Bd. 1. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2010. 582-597.

  • Wissensräume im Theater der Frühen Neuzeit. In: Wolfgang Hallet und Birgit Neumann (hrsg.). Raum und Bewegung in der Literatur: Die Literaturwissenschaften und der Spatial Turn. Bielefeld: transcript 2009. 195-212.

  • (mit Herbert Grabes und Ansgar Nünning) (hrsg.) Metaphors Shaping Culture and Theory (REAL – The Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature). Tübingen: Narr 2009.

  • (mit Ansgar Nünning). An Introduction to the Study of Plays and Drama. Stuttgart: Klett 2009.

  • Shakespeare and the Art of Physiognomy. Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks 2008.

  • Let me behold thy face': Physiognomik und Gesichtslektüren in Shakespeares Tragödien. Heidelberg: Winter 2007.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Co-spokesperson for the working group "Science Policy" within the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists), 2015 – 2016

  • Member of the executive committee of the Gutenberg Council for Young Researchers, Mainz University, 2013 – 2015

  • Chair of the Junge Akademie (Young Academy of Sciences and the Humanities) within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2013 – 2014

  • Member of the executive committee of the Junge Akademie, 2012 – 2014

  • Jury member for the international, interdisciplinary photo competition "Visions and Images of Fascination: Sciences and Humanities Visualized", 2012

  • Member of the Research Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), since 2011-2016

  • Member of the Advisory Board to the International Journal of Literary Linguistics

  • Reviewer for the German National Academic Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation

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