I am a German scholar of American Studies, Media, and Cultural Studies,  currently a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Studies Centre and an Assistant Professor at the University of Bamberg, following my doctoral studies in American Studies at the University of Konstanz and the English Department of Yale University. 

My interests at the moment cluster around three themes: ethics in the aftermath of terrorism; the cultural emblems of the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables and clean technology; and representations of the tense relationship between African American communities and the police, as well as policing cultures in general. 

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Upcoming Talks and Publications


The Refuge of Photography: Framing Migrant Men. Reframing Family Photography Conference, The Family Camera Network, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 21-23 September 2017.  

Literature after 9/11. In American Literature in Transition: 2000 – Present. Ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

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.