Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Chair of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics, University of Oxford

  • 2007
    Visiting scholar at St. John's College, Oxford, UK

  • 2006 – 2014
    Chair of German Studies, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

  • 2005
    Visiting professor in the German Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2003
    venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of German philology

  • 2001 – 2003
    Feodor-Lynen Scholarship at Oxford University

  • 1995 – 2004
    Lecturer in the German Department, University of Tuebingen, Germany

  • 1992 – 1995
    Doctoral studies at the University of Göttingen and at the University of Bamberg, Germany

  • 1989
    Internships at the Diocesan Museum in Regensburg, Germany, and the National Library of Scotland

  • 1987 – 1992
    Undergraduate and MA studies in Bamberg, Germany; Edinburgh, UK; Berlin, Germany

Selected publications

  • Der "Renner" des Johannes Vorster. 1998.

  • Williram von Ebersberg. 2004.

  • "Hystoria Judith". 2006.

  • Dichtung und Didaxe. 2009.

  • The Sword of Judith. 2010.

  • Liturgie und Reform. 2013

  • Mysticism and Devotion. 2014

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of Women in German Studies, UK, 2009 – 2015

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Music (French horn, singing), book binding, photography


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