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Research Interests

  • Ph.D. project: “The Anti-Lynching Narrative: The Ethics and Politics of Representation in African American Narrative Literature, 1900-1973”
  • African American Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Theories of ethics and aesthetics
  • Dance Studies and Performance Studies
  • Transnational American Studies

CV

  • Studied English and American Studies, History, and Political Science with a major focus on the USA at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Ph.D. fellow of the program for the promotion of women scholars, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2008–2010)
  • Participant in the HCA Spring Academy (Heidelberg, 2008), BAA Summer Institute on “Race and Ethnicity” (Munich, 2008), the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University with a major focus on new media art and theory (Ithaca, NY, 2010), the Dartmouth Summer Institute “The State(s) of American Studies” (Hanover, NH, 2012), and the BAA Summer Academy on “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture” (Munich/Nuremberg, 2013)
  • Research at Yale University and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (New Haven, CT, 2010)
  • Lecturer at the Department of English and American Studies (since April 2011)

Positions and Functions

  • Occupation at the Institute for English and American Studies in the fields of Coordination and Administration, Information Management, Course Guidance and Counseling of Students, and Participation in Committees (since October 2015)
  • Member of Gradnet e.V., Association for the Promotion of Young Academics in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Member of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA) and the forum for postgraduates (PGF) of the DGfA
  • Peer reviewer for the European Journal of American Studies

Fellowships

  • 2008-2010: Doctoral fellow of the program for the advancement of women scholars, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2008: Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA): Spring Academy
  • 2008: Bavarian American Academy (BAA): Summer Institute “Race and Ethnicity”
  • 2010: Yale University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship (BAA)
  • 2010, 2012: DAAD Travel and Research Grants
  • 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015: Travel Grants by the Dr. Alfred Vinzl Foundation, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2013: Award for early career scholars of the U.S. Embassy London for participating in the conference The African American Experience since 1992 at the University of Hull
  • 2015: Travel Grant by the Volkswagen Foundation for the conference “Philologie und Gesellschaft” in Hanover

Publications

  • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green, Santa Barbara/Denver/Oxford: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Segregation.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Ed. Bruce A. Arrigo and Joseph Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Popularizing African American History and Culture through Dance: The Ethics and Politics of the Artistic Visions of Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison.” African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and ‘Post-Racialism’. Ed. Josephine Metcalf and Carina Spaulding. Farnham: Ashgate. 2015. 159-175.
  • “Revisiting Spectacle Lynching and Reconfiguring the U.S. South: Economy and Racial Violence in James W. Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912).” Rural America. Ed. Antje Kley and Heike Paul. Winter: Heidelberg, 2015. 113-128.
  • “Moralphilosophie und Literaturwissenschaften im Dialog: Der Ethical Criticism der Gegenwart als Turn, Paradigmenwechsel oder Novum?” Critical Perspectives: Turns, Trends, and Theories. Ed. Michael Gubo, Martin Kypta, and Florian Öchsner. Münster: LIT, 2011. 240-263.
  • ‘A Lynching in Blackface’-The Representation of History and Fantasies of Black Male Violence in John E. Wideman’s The Lynchers.COPAS 11 (2010). no pagination.
  • Ambiguity and the Ethics of Reading Race and Lynching in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912).COPAS 10 (2009). no pagination.

Workshops and Conferences

  • Panel moderation: “Concepts of Work,” (Re-)Presentations of Working Life, 10th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 12 – 13, 2011.
  • Workshop organization: “Black Role Models for a New Community”, Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) at Université Diderot-Paris 7, Apr. 6 – 9, 2011 (with Katrin Horn).
  • Panel moderation: “Excess and Postmodern Poetics”, Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers, International Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 26 – 28, 2010.
  • Conference organization: Critical Perspectives: Turns, Trends, and Theories, 9th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 20 – 22, 2009 (with Katharina Gerund, Michael Gubo, Martin Kypta, and Florian Öchsner).

Papers and Lectures

  • “Ethik & Ästhetik im Dialog: Amerikanische Literaturtheorie im Zeichen des ‘Ethical Turn’.” 118. Jahresversammlung der Görres-Gesellschaft zur Pflege der Wissenschaft. Bonn, Sept. 2015.
  • “Lynching and the Law in Richard Wright’s Native Son, The Criminalization of Race in History and Global Societies. West Long Branch, NJ, USA, Apr. 2015.
  • “The Politics of African American Fiction after Jim Crow.” Approaching Blackkness: Moving Beyond Representation. Berlin, Nov. 2014.
  • “The Politics and Ethics of the Artistic Vision of Judith Jamison.” The African American Experience since 1992. Hull, UK, Sept. 20, 2013.
  • “Race, Class and Capitalism in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912).” 60th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS), Erlangen, May 30 – June 2, 2013.
  • “The Lynching Mythology in African American Narrative Literature.” American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture, BAA Summer Academy, Munich/Nuremberg, May 21 – June 2, 2013.
  • “Revisiting the Lynching Mythology: The Black Rebel in Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940) and John E. Wideman’s The Lynchers (1973)”, The State(s) of American Studies, Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 18 – 24, 2012.
  • “Desire and Consumption in Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City“, (Re-)Presentations of Working Life, 10th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nov. 12 – 13, 2011.
  • “‘The Strange New World of the Internet’ – Explorations into Race, Representation and Cyberspace in the Digital Art of Keith Piper”, 22nd Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA), Philadelphia, Nov. 3 – 5, 2011.
  • “Imagining a New Community? Explorations into Cyberspace and Spectatorship in the Digital Art of Keith Piper.” Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Paris, Apr. 6 – 9, 2011.
  • “‘Strange Fruit’-Lynching in the (African) American Cultural Imagination (1890-1940).” Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, New Haven, CT, Oct. 20, 2010.
  • “‘A Lynching in Blackface’: The Representation of History and Fantasies of Black Male Violence in John E. Wideman’s The Lynchers.” Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies, Munich, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2009.
  • Response paper to the keynote lecture “Educating for a Diverse Society in Post-Race America” by Prof. Paula Moya. 56th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS), Jena, June 4 – 7, 2009.
  • “Ethics and Aesthetics of Violence in African American Narrative Literature.” Summer Institute of the BAA on Race and Ethnicity, Munich, July 2008.
  • “‘What I killed for must’ve been good!’-Ethics and Aesthetics of Violence in Richard Wright’s Native Son.” HCA (Heidelberg Center for American Studies) Spring Academy, Heidelberg, Apr. 21 – 25, 2008.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Examensseminar: Amerikanische Moderne
  • Textanalyse: American Literature
  • Lektürekurs: English and American Literature
  • Brückenkurs for graduate students in American Studies
  • Memory and Trauma in the Contemporary US-American Novel (undergraduate seminar)
  • ‘Strange Fruit’—Representations of Lynching in African American Literature and Culture (undergraduate seminar)
  • Fictions of the Black Atlantic (undergraduate seminar)
  • Anti-Lynching Art & Activism in American Culture (undergraduate seminar)
  • The U.S. South in the American Cultural Imagination (undergraduate seminar)