I am an assistant professor (wiss. Mitarbeiter), who currently works on a DFG-funded research project on “Pedagogical Writing and Social Practice in the Age of American Romanticism.” Having studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I received an M.A. in English/American Studies and German Literature from the University of Tübingen. I received my PhD degree in June 2009 from Mainz University and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I finished my Habilitation
My fields of interest include Critical Theory, American Poetry, New England Puritanism, Transcendentalism and Transatlantic Romanticism, and Modernism. I am the author of Radical Beauty: American Transcendentalism and the Aesthetic Critique of Modernity (Schöningh, 2011) and A Poetics of Global Solidarity: Modern American Poetry and Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).