Research Interests

  • 19th- and 20th-century American literature
  • Material Culture and Literature (esp. with regard to food, objects, fashion, consumer practices)
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies (esp. concepts of culture, space, place)
  • Post-colonial studies & multicultural literatures, intersectionality
  • Contemporary American Film & Fiction (disaster, dystopia, nature)
  • Visual culture and ecocriticism


I am currently working on a book project focusing on the portrayal of consumer practices in antebellum American literature. Moreover, together with colleagues from the University of Koblenz-Landau, the University of Bonn, and the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Koblenz), I am working on food cultures: "Esskulturen: Objekte, Semantiken, Praktiken" (funded by the BMBF). In addition to being a speaker of the division "Material Cultures" (together with Dr. Marion Steinicke, Koblenz), which is part of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Association of Cultural Studies), I am one of the editors of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift (published by de Gruyter/Sciendo and funded by the DFG/German Research Foundation), an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing original research in the area of cultural studies. 


For more concrete research activities and projects please also refer to my activities page.