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Current Position

September 2005 to present Assistant Professor of American Studies, Department for English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany


University Regensburg
2014 PD Dr.
Habilitationsschrift: “Yellow Fever in U.S.-American Literature and Culture of the Nineteenth Century”
2005 Ph.D.
Dissertation: From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences
Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
March 2000 First State Exam in English, History (majors), and Education (minor)
Nov. 1999 M.A. in American Studies (major), Ancient and Medieval / Modern History (minors)
Thesis: Kollektive Erinnerung als Katharsis? Das Vietnam Veterans Memorial in der öffentlichen Kontroverse. [Collective Memory as Catharsis? The Public Controversy on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.]
Advisor: Professor Dr. Winfried Herget

Academic Teaching Experience

May 2001 – August 2005 Instructor (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft), American Studies, University of Regensburg
August 2000 – April 2001 Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
April 2000 – July 2000 Instructor (Lehrauftrag), American Studies Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Research and Current Projects

Cultural Memory Studies, Visual Culture Studies, Medical Humanities, Gender Studies, American Literary History, American Studies and the Digital Humanities, Transnational American Studies, Eco-Photography, Japanese American Literature and Culture, Teaching American Studies

Current Projects:

Transnational 9/11 Memorials

European-American War and Peace Studies


Administration and Academic Service

April 2014 to present Member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s and Gender Network of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
May 2013 to present Reader, Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies in Germany (COPAS), an e-journal
September 2002 to March 2009 Assistant Editor, Amerikastudien / American Studies
October 2002 to October 2004 Deputy Women’s representative, Fakultät IV (Language and Literature), University of Regensburg
May 2001 to October 2012 Co-editor and coordinator, Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies in Germany (COPAS), an e-journal


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien / German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA)
European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
American Studies Association (ASA)
Bayerische Amerika-Akademie / Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
Anglistenverband, e.V.


Awards and Grants


(see list of awards and grants)


Publications and Manuscripts


(see list of publications)


Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures


  (see list of presentations and talks)