I studied English, German and Comparative Literary Studies at the Albert‐Ludwigs‐Universität Freiburg and the University of Kent, and took my MA in Comparative Literature in 2006. My studies were funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and by the School of European Languages and Cultures of the University of Kent.
From October 2006 to April 2010, I studied towards a PhD in English Literature at the University of Oxford (Linacre College) and King’s College London, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. My doctoral thesis explored popular scientific cultures and notions of childhood in the works of Charles Dickens.
I joined the Department in 2009 and have recently started work on a new project on antiquarianism and the global imagination in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the upcoming academic year (2012/13) I will be a visiting research fellow at the English Department of Rutgers University (Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the VolkswagenStiftung).