Short CV/Education and training


  • 1988
    Intensive Language and Culture Studies at the Colegio de España, Salamanca, Spain

  • 1994
    1. state exam in Geography and English, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2002
    PhD in American Literature, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2010
    Habilitation, University of Göttingen, Germany. Venia Legendi for American Studies

Academic Positions

  • 2001 – 2009
    Assistant, American Studies Program, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2010 – 2012
    Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • Since 2012
    Professor of North American Studies: Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

  • Since 2018
    Vice-Rector of Social Responsibity, Diversity, and International Affairs, UDE

Research Positions

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research assistant, Collaborative Research Center SFB 309 Literary Translation

  • 1997 – 1999
    Researcher, Collaborative Research Center SFB 529 Internationality of National Literatures

  • 2000
    Postdoctoral researcher, Inter-American research collaboration, Göttingen

  • 2004 – 2005
    Visiting scholar, Stanford University, U.S.A.

Selected publications

  • Der frühe amerikanische historische Roman im transatlantischen Vergleich. Interamericana 2. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002.

  • Intercultural Negotiations in the Americas and Beyond. Edited with Marietta Messmer. Special Issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 3.2 (Juni 2001).

  • Do the Americas Have a Common Literary History? Interamericana 1. Edited with Annette Paatz, in collaboration with Rolf Lohse and Marietta Messmer. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002.

  • Prefiguring CanAmerica? White Man's Indians and Religious Typology in New England and New France. Transnational American Studies. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012. 165-82.

  • The Goods of Bad Mobility: Pierre-Esprit Radisson's Relation of my Voyage, being in Bondage in the Lands of the Irokoits, 1669/1885. English on the Move: Mobilities in Literature and Language. SPELL 27 (Swiss Papers in English Literatures and Languages), ed. David Britain and Annette Kern-Stähler. Tübingen: Narr, 2012. 53-68.

  • Amerika, 'für die liebe Jugend frei bearbeitet'. Der rote Wunderschirm. Kinderliteratur der Sammlung Seifert von der Frühaufklärung bis zum Nationalsozialismus. Ed. Wolfgang Wangerin. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2011. 217-22.

  • Inventing Iroquoia. Migrating Tropes of Similarity and Heritage in Francophone Narratives of Colonial Possession. FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research 4:2 (Dec. 2011).

  • with Carola Hecke, Paula M.L. Moya, and Nicole Shelton. Postethnic America? A Multicultural Training Camp for Americanists and Future EFL-Teachers. Identity in Education. Ed. Amie MacDonald and Sandra Sanchez-Casal. New York: Macmillan-Palgrave, 2009. 225-50.

  • Alternate Identities and Creolities in Canadian Literary Discourse. Hybrid Americas: Contacts, Contrasts, and Confluences in New World Literatures and Cultures. Ed. Josef Raab and Martin Butler. Trier: LIT / Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, 2008. 33-56.

  • with Eva Findenegg and Frank Lauterbach. Normative Programs and Artistic Liberties: Inter-American Case Studies in Historical Fiction and the Campaign for Cultural Emancipation. Internationalität nationaler Literaturen. Ed. Udo Schöning. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2000. 348-89.

Selected projects

  • Speaker of Research Training Group „Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions“, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation, 2018-2022

  • PI in Ambiguity and Distinction Research Group 2600, funded by the German Research Council / DFG, 2018-2021

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • GAPS Dissertation Awards Committee, 2013 – 2014

  • Review Committee, Social Anthropology, University of Bern, 2011

  • Directory Board Zentrum für Theorie und Methodik der Kulturwissenschaften / Center of Modern Humanities, Göttingen, 2007 – 2009

  • Fulbright Liaison Officer, Göttingen University, 2007 – 2010

  • Selection Committee of the California Study Center, University of Göttingen, 2005 – 2008

  • Directory Board, Collaborative Research Center Internationality of National Literatures (SFB 529), Junior Scholars Representative, 1997 – 1998

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • university in society,

    Industry-University Cooperation

Soft Skills

  • international cooperations in teaching,

    running, biking,

    support of schools,

    work towards sustainable models of parenting

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, mother of two grownup children


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