Research Interests

Reeducation, Americanization, and Cultural Mobility
Affect, Public Feeling, and Sentimentalism
Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
African American Literature and Culture
Popular Culture (esp. film and TV series)

Current Research Projects

  • Happy Home Front Heroines? Military Spouses in US Literature and Culture (book project/Habilitation)
  • Reeducation Revisited: Transnationale und kulturvergleichende Perspektiven auf die Nachkriegszeit in den USA, Japan und Deutschland (with Heike Paul and Fabian Schäfer)
  • Public Feeling in Global Contexts (with Heike Paul)
  • member of the research network “Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities” (funded by the DFG, 2018-)

Upcoming Activities

  • Special issue of Open Cultural Studies on Black Womanhood in Popular Culture, deadline for submissions: Jan. 15, 2018
  • “Happy Home Front Heroines? Army Wives in Post-9/11 American Culture,” paper at the Annual Conference of the Historians in the GAAS on Heroism and the Heroic in American History, Tutzing, Feb. 11, 2018
  • “Army Wives, Astronauts, and Cowgirls: Gendered Mobility in American Culture,” panel at EBAAS 2018 (co-chair and speaker), London, April 6-11, 2018


Dr. phil. in American Studies, Bremen University (2012, summa cum laude)
M.A. in American Studies, Theater and Media Studies, Psychology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2007)


  • 2015-present: assistant professor of American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2012-2015: coordinator of the doctoral program “Presence and Tacit Knowledge” (funded by the DFG) at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2009-2011: lecturer in American Studies and coordinator of the interdisciplinary MA program “The Americas – Las Américas – Les Amériques” at HHU Düsseldorf
  • 2008: lecturer in American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and at Bremen University

Fellowships & Grants

  • 2016: Travel Grant of the Faculty of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at FAU
  • 2013 and 2011: DAAD Travel Grant
  • 2012: Yale University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
  • 2012, 2010, and 2007: BAA Fellowship of the Annual Summer Institute/Summer Academy
  • 2010-2014: member of the research network “Black Diaspora and Germany” (funded by the DFG)
  • 2007-2009: Doctoral Fellowship from Bremen University
  • 2009: Fellowship, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Spring Academy
  • 2004/05: DAAD Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Afro-American Studies Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Service to the Profession

  • member of the editorial advisory board of WiN: The EAAS Women’s Network Journal (since 2017)
  • peer reviewer for COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies (since 2013), for the Journal of American Studies, and for Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum (since 2016)
  • elected member of the “bylaws committee” of the Collegium for African American Research (2016-2017)
  • assistant editor of the annual bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) of the German Association for American Studies (2015-2017)
  • member of 2007/08 PGF team; co-organizer of the 2007 Postgraduate Forum of the GAAS at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and of the “PGF Workshop” at the 55th Annual Conference of the GAAS at Heidelberg, May 2008 (with Alexandra Ganser and Christina Hein)

Community Involvement

  • lectures for high school students on “Civil Rights & the Black Power Movement,” “Race Relations in the Age of Trump,”  and “Representations of Slavery in Contemporary US Culture” (since 2012)
  • film talks at Club International (vhs) Erlangen, at Casablanca cinema Nürnberg, and at Filmgalerie im Leeren Beutel Regensburg (since 2012)
  • teacher training seminars on American TV culture, the American Presidency, populism and popular culture (since 2015)
  • public lectures (selection):
    • “Martin Luther King, Jr. – Bürgerrechtsbewegung und Erinnerungskultur.”  Bavarian American Academy, Munich, May 2017.
    • “From the Plantation to the Prison? American Slavery and Its Consequences.” Ohm-Gymnasium Erlangen, Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus, March 2017.
    • “Affekt und Alterisierung: Diskurslogiken der ‘Flüchtlingsdebatte’ in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive.” Lecture series “Die Flüchtlingsfrage – interdisziplinäre Perspektiven,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 2016 (with Heike Paul).
    • “Wie die Deutschen Demokratie lernten: Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945.” Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Feb. 2016.
    • “Postracial America? Obamas Präsidentschaft.” Series “USA – Das Wahljahr 2016 im Blick,” Nürnberg, Jan. 2016 (with Heike Paul).
    • “Ein Atemzug der Freiheit? Afroamerikanische Soldaten im Nachkriegsdeutschland.” Black History Weeks Erlangen, Oct. 2015.
    • “American Dreamscape? Suburbia in US-American (Pop) Culture.” Unitag, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 2014.
    • “From Bondage to Freedom: Geographien der Sklaverei in Nordamerika.” Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Oct. 2013.
    • “(Um)Erziehung zur Freiheit? Amerikanische Kulturpolitik in Deutschland nach 1945.” Exhibition Freiheit! at Kunstpalais Erlangen, May 2013 (with Heike Paul).
    • “Making History: Afroamerikanische Kunst von der Harlem Renaissance bis heute.” Exhibition The Dream Series & Servants of Time (Gina Chaney) in Nürnberg, Feb. 2013.
    • “Transatlantische Verbindungen: Audre Lorde, die afrodeutsche Frauenbewegung und kritisches Weißsein in Deutschland.” Exhibition Homestory Deutschland in Nürnberg, Feb. 2013.


Authored Books

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Book Contributions


Dictionary / Encyclopedia Entries



  • “Daniel Stein. Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz. Jazz Perspectives. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2012.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.1 (2017).
  • “Kristian Buchna. Ein klerikales Jahrzehnt? Baden-Baden (2014) and Kathleen R. Hooper. Designing Democracy. Frankfurt a. M. (2014),” Jahrbuch Extremismus & Demokratie. Ed. Uwe Backes, Alexander Gallus, and Eckhard Jesse. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. 394-395.
  • “Ivo Ritzer. Wie das Fernsehen den Krieg gewann.” rezensionen:kommunikation:medien, Dec. 3, 2015.
  • “Martin Lüthe. Color-Line and Crossing-Over: Motown and Performances of Blackness in 1960s American Culture. Trier: WVT, 2011.” Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 24.1 (2013): 211-213.
  • Racism, Slavery, and Literature. Ed. Wolfgang Zach and Ulrich Pallua. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 130.2 (2012): 310-313.
  • “Jan Philipp Burgard. Von Obama siegen lernen oder “Yes, We Gähn!”? Der Jahrhundertwahlkampf und die Lehren für die politische Kommunikation in Deutschland. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2011.” ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 2 (2012): 203-205.
  • “Carlyle Van Thompson. Black Outlaws: Race, Law, and Male Subjectivity in African American Literature and Culture. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 129.3-4 (2011): 582-585.
  • “Stephanie Brown and Éva Tettenborn, eds. Engaging Tradition, Making It New: Essays on Teaching Recent African American Literature. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 55.4 (2010): 775-777.
  • “Maria I. Diedrich and Jürgen Heinrichs, eds. From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany. FORECAAST 18. Münster: LIT, 2010.” CAAR Reviews (2010).

Workshops & Conferences

  • Reeducation Revisited: Strategies, Actors, Institutions in Transnational and Comparative Perspective. International Conference at the German-American Institute Nuremberg, September 2017 (with Heike Paul and Anne Schenderlein/GHI Washington)
  • “Women in Trans/national Care Economies.” Workshop at the Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium at Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2017 (with Silvia Schultermandl).
  • “Transnational Feminism and American Studies.” Workshop at the EAAS Biennial Conference at Constanta, Romania, April 2016 (with Silvia Schultermandl).
  • Public Feeling in Global Contexts. International Conference at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, April 2016. (with Heike Paul)
  • “Tacit Knowledge.” Workshop at the 62nd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies at Bonn, May 2015 (with Heike Paul).
  • American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. 6th BAA Summer Academy at Texas State University, San Marcos. May/June 2014 (with Heike Paul, Jessica Pliley, Meike Zwingenberger et al.).
  • “Tacit Knowledge and the Politics of the Performative.” Workshop at the Conference Judith Butlers Theoretische Interventionen – Grundlagen, Effekte, Kritik at FAU, April 2014 (with Heike Paul).
  • (Extra-)Ordinary Presence: Social Configurations and Cultural Repertoires. International Conference of the DFG doctoral program “Präsenz und implizites Wissen” at FAU, Nov. 2013 (with Markus Gottwald, Kay Kirchmann, Heike Paul, et al.).
  • American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. 5th BAA Summer Academy at Munich and Nuremberg. May/June 2013 (with Heike Paul and Meike Zwingenberger).
  • Implizites Wissen zwischen Explikation und Verkörperung. International Conference of the DFG doctoral program “Präsenz und implizites Wissen” at FAU, Dec. 2012 (with Frank Adloff, Heike Paul, et al).
  • Gendering the Black Diaspora. 2nd Workshop of the research network “Black Diaspora and Germany” at FAU, April 2011 (with Susann Lewerenz and Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck).
  • Cultural Encounters between Germans and Americans after World War II: New Perspectives on ‘Reeducation,’ ‘Reorientation,’ Americanization (1945-65). International Conference at FAU, June 2010 (with Heike Paul).
  • Critical Perspectives: ‘Turns,’ Trends, and Theories. 9th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at FAU, Nov. 2009 (with Carmen Dexl, Michael Gubo, Martin Kypta, and Florian Öchsner).
  • Re/Visions of American Studies. Graduate Conference at Bremen University, July 2009 (with Konstantin Butz and Carsten Junker).
  • Imagining Alternative Mobilities? Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives. International Conference at FAU, June 2009 (with Alexandra Ganser and Heike Paul).
  • “Sounding the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Poetry.” Workshop at the 8th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research at Bremen, March 2009 (with Birgit M. Bauridl).

Conference Papers & Invited Guest Lectures (Selection)

  • “Happy Home Front Heroines? Army Wives in Post-9/11 American Culture.” Workshop “American Domesticities,” University of Zurich, Nov. 2017.
  • “Populismus, Populärkultur und die Präsidentschaft Donald Trumps.” ECHO Teacher Training Seminar (German Studies), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 2017.
  • “Angela Davis and the Challenge of Prison Abolition.” University of Vienna, April 2017.
  • “The Affective Labor of Army Wives.” Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium at Lausanne, March 2017.
  • “Sentimental Political Storytelling and Black Femininities in Contemporary Television Series.” FSU Jena, Nov. 2016.
  • “Home, Family, and Domesticity in Army Wives.” Annual conference of the American Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, Nov. 2016.
  • “Contested Canons? Toni Morrison and the Nobel Prize in Germany.” Bamberg University, June 2016.
  • “Public Feeling, Tacit Knowledge, and Civil Sentimentalism in American Popular Culture.” International conference “Public Feeling in Global Contexts,” FAU, April 2016 (with Heike Paul).
  • “Political Solidarity and the Racial Logics of Sisterhood.” Regensburg University, Jan. 2016.
  • “The Fugitive Figure in African American Autobiography.” Lecture series “Movement in Literature,” FSU Jena, June 2015.
  • “Angela Davis, Black Power und das ‘andere Amerika’ in beiden deutschen Staaten.” Conference “Feinde, Freunde, Fremde? Deutsche Perspektiven auf die USA,” Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing, May 2015.
  • “‘Wien, Wien – Josephine”: Josephine Baker in the Context of European (African) American Studies.” European American Studies Workshop by the Bavarian American Academy and Dartmouth College, Munich, May 2015.
  • “‘America’s Germany’? Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik der Nachkriegszeit.” 5th International Conference on Holocaust Research “Afterwards – An Experiential History of the Holocaust 1945-1949,” Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Berlin, Jan. 2015.
  • “Angela Davis and Prison Abolitionism.” Graduate Seminar on American Prisons, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 2014.
  • “Sisterhood Is Regional? US-American Women’s Activism between the Global and the Local.” Keynote lecture, 6th BAA Summer Academy “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture,” Texas State University (San Marcos), June 2014.
  • “The Futures of Feminism and Black Studies: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Sisterhood.” Conference “The Futures of Black Studies: Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics,” Bremen University, April 2014.
  • “Angela Davis in East and West Germany.” Fulbright American Studies Summer Session, HU Berlin, Aug. 2013.
  • “Transracial Feminist Alliances? Audre Lorde and (West) German Women.” Head West: British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference, University of Exeter, April 2013; The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations – Biennial FWSA conference, University of Nottingham, June 2013.
  • “Josephine Baker’s Routes and Roots: (Trans)National Affiliations in the Atlantic World.” 10th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research – Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles: Perceptions and Interrogations of Empire, Nation, and Society by Peoples of African Descent, Agnes Scott College (Decatur/Atlanta), March 2013.
  • “Cultural Mobility and Jazz Age Popular Culture: Josephine Baker in/and Germany.” Workshop “Popular Culture on the Move: Transnational Aspects of the Popular in America Through the Centuries,” Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oct. 2012.
  • “Sisterhood across the Color Line? Audre Lorde, German Women and Feminist Solidarities.” Brown Bag Lunch Talk at Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University, New Haven, Sept. 2012.
  • “Contested Appropriations: Angela Davis and Black Power in West Germany.” Leibniz University Hannover, June 2012.
  • “The Democratic Promises of US-American Feminisms.” BAA Summer Academy in Washington, D.C., May 2012.
  • “Happy Housewives and Single Girls? (Post)Feminism and Gender Politics in Mad Men.” Lecture Series “TV Seriality,” TU Dresden, Jan. 2012.
  • “‘I Am Your Sister’ – Audre Lorde and the Black Diaspora in Germany.” Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), Regensburg, Dec. 2011.
  • “Occupation: Housewife? Women and Work in Mad Men.” (Re-)Präsentationen der Arbeitswelt. 10th Interdisciplinary and international Graduate Conference, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 2011.
  • “(African) Americanization(s): Black GIs, African American Culture, and ‘Racial’ Discourses in Postwar Germany.” BAA Summer Academy, Munich, May 2011.
  • “The Sound of Solidarity: Angela Davis, Gender(ed) Politics, and (Protest) Songs.” Gendering the Black Diaspora, 2nd Workshop of the YSN “Black Diaspora and Germany” at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, April 2011.
  • “Audre Lorde, Afro-Germans, and Black Diaspora Studies in Germany: The Challenges and Chances of Studying African American Culture Abroad.” The State of African American and African Diaspora Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy, and Research. Conference at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, New York City, Jan. 2011.
  • “Resistance, Solidarity, Desire: Black Power in West Germany.” BAA Summer Academy, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), May 2010.
  • “GIs, Jazz, and Civil Rights: African American Culture in Postwar Germany.” HCA Spring Academy 2010, Heidelberg, March 2010.
  • “Americanization as ‘Afro-Americanization’? (African) American Culture in Postwar Germany.” PGF 2009, Munich, Oct. 2009.
  • “Fashion Icon, Intellectual, Political Prisoner: Angela Davis in the West-German Imagination.” African American Civil Rights and Germany in the Twentieth Century, conference at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Oct. 2009.
  • “The (Un)Making of Political Fugitives in the Black Power Era.” Imagining Alternative Mobilities? Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives, international conference at FAU, June 2009.
  • “Mapping the Road to Freedom: C. Eric Lincoln’s Civil Rights Poetry.” 8th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Bremen University, March 2009.


  • Grundseminar Culture
  • Aufbauseminar Culture
  • Lektürekurs American Civilization
  • Lektürekurs (Lehramt, nicht vertieft)
  • The Underground Railroad in US History and Culture (PS)
  • Political Melodrama in US Culture (PS)
  • The American TV Family (PS)
  • Canadian Literature and the Black Atlantic (PS)
  • From Page to Screen? Theories and Practices of Adaptation in US-American Culture (PS)
  • “Black is Beautiful!:” The Black Power Movement in Its Cultural Context (PS)
  • Black Feminism(s): Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison (PS)
  • Writing Women in 19th Century America (PS)
  • “Live from the Plantation:” American Slavery in the 19th Century (PS)
  • “On the Move:” (Cultural) Mobility in North America (HS)
  • Asian American Studies (HS)
  • From the KKK to the Alt-Right: White Supremacy in American Culture (HS, with Heike Paul)
  • Forschungskolloquium der Amerikanistik/American Studies (with Klaus Lösch/Heike Paul)
  • Stepford Wives, Mad Men, and Little Children: Suburbia in American Literature and Culture (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • Doing Time: African American Prison Writing from Chester Himes to Mumia Abu-Jamal (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • Adaptation(s): American Literature on Screen (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • “Framing Blackness:” African Americans and/in Hollywood (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • Transatlantic Cultural Mobility: Immigration, Slavery, Americanization (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • American Road Narratives (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • The South in American Literature (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • “The Americas – Las Américas – Les Amériques” (HS, Düsseldorf)
  • Selected Fiction: Virginia Woolf (HS, Bremen)