I am a Research Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Trimberg Research Academy, University of Bamberg. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney, and an Assistant Professor in Literature and Media at the University of Bamberg, following my doctoral studies in American literature at the University of Konstanz and the English Department of Yale University.
My work has been supported by grants from the Volkswagen Foundation, German Research Foundation, and Fritz Thyssen Foundation, among others.
Currently my interests cluster around three themes: (1) ethics in the aftermath of terrorism and the war on terror; (2) energy humanities - especially the transition from fossil fuels to renewables; (3) the intersections of race, immigration and law enforcement in the United States and Europe. While my research on policing started out as a study of police brutality, it has recently focused on forms of bias and racial inequality in pre-crime algorithms.
Recent Talks and Publications
Donald Trump and the Wall. Guest lecture for the course "Cultural Politics of Donald Trump," University of Giessen (Prof. Dr. Greta Olson), 20. June 2018.
Von Zukunft befreit: Ethnizität und Futurologie im Spiegel der Literatur. Vortrag im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Konferenz Automatismen des Verdachts: Polizeikultur und Prognose in der Migrationsgesellschaft, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 15.-17. Juni 2018.
Literature after 9/11. In American Literature in Transition: 2000 – Present. Ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 152-164.
Sensing Oil: Sublime Art and Politics in Canada. In Cultures of Oil. Ed. Imre Szeman and Sheena Wilson. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. 431-457.