I used to teach at the Obama Institute where I am now a research coordinator and PhD candidate in Prof. Banerjee’s team. I obtained degrees from the University of Siegen (B.A. in Literary, Cultural and Media Studies and Economics) and the University of Mainz (M.A. in American Studies). My theses connected film and other popular culture media to issues and representations of indigeneity in different locales. During my studies I went abroad to take classes at the University of Otago, New Zealand, which sparked my interest in Indigenous Studies.
In my PhD research I focus on contemporary processes and narratives of reconciliation in a variety of media in former settler societies, opening up Indigenous Studies to transnational and comparative angles.
I perform administrative duties in Prof. Banerjee’s team and work as research officer, coordinating and managing research activities as well as the Obama Institute’s event and PR initiatives.