I read English and Comparative Literature as well as Media Studies at Munich University, Germany and the National University of Ireland, Galway, from 1997 to 2002. After a year as research assistant at Tuebingen University I returned to Munich where I earned my Dr.phil. for a thesis on the construction and mediation of masculinity in the eighteenth-century novel in 2007. From 2005-2008 I was a member of the research network "Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England" funded by the German Research Council.
In 2007/2008 I taught English Literature at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main before joining the collaborative research centre "Pluralization and Authority in Early Modern Europe" (SFB 573) at Munich University as a post-doc research fellow (2008-2012). My research there resulted in a book-length study on practices of forgetting in early modern history plays, two collections of essays on literary form and religious conflict in early modern England, as well as several journal articles on Shakespeare.
I joined Würzburg University in 2013, where I hold the chair of English Literature and Cultural Studies.
Membership in scholarly associations
- Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (German Shakespeare Society; since 1999)
- British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2004-2008)
- Deutscher Anglistenverband (since 2007)
- European Society for Studies in English (since 2007)
- Shakespeare Association of America (since 2008)
- International Shakespeare Conferences, Stratford (since 2012)