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Dissertation defense

Dissertation title: Beyond the Bildungsroman: Feminist

Negotiations of the African Diaspora

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Susan Winnett and Prof. Dr. Soelve I. Curdts

10/2009 – 7/2018

Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

2000 – 2009

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

M.A. (Magister) in English and American Literature

Minor fields: Medieval English Studies and Media and Communication Studies

Title of M.A.-thesis: “Poetry and Politics in the Works of Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde” (Grade: 1,0)


Work Experience

since 2018

Research assistant (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) Department of American Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

2013 – 2017

Research assistant (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Department of American Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

2011 – 2013

Graduate assistant (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft), Department of

American Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf





Crossing Lines - Narratives of Passing in (American) Literature and Film (Intermediate 2023; Intermediate 2021; Intermediate 2018/19; Intermediate 2015/16; Intermediate 2013)

Narratives of Enslavement and Their Global Afterlives (Advanced 2023)

`Maybe home is somewhere I´m going and never have been before - Diaspora Experiences in Theory and Fiction (Advanced 2022/23)

Multilingual Literature (Intermediate 2022/23)

Chicago’s Renaissances and the Making of Modern America (Advanced 2022; Advanced 2019)

Reconsidering U.S. America's Origin Story - The 1619 Project (Advanced 2022, co-taught with Prof. Dr. S. Winnett)

Protest, Rebellion, and Liberation – Where African American and Feminist Poetry Intersect (Advance 2021/22; Advanced 2018; Advanced 2015; Advanced 2012/13)

Begleitseminar zur Ringvorlesung Phänomene der Transkulturalität - Transcultural Studies and Diaspora Literature (2021/22)

Seminar zur Vorlesung "Theorien der Transkulturalität" (2021 & 2020)

"I will not shoot myself" - Slavery, Abolition and Their Afterlives (Advanced 2020/21)

Seminar zur Ringvorlesung - Black Lives Matter: Transcultural Studies and Diaspora Literature (2020/21)

"Poems as Time-Traveling Devices" - Remembering, Reconstructing, and Re-Appropriating the Chicago Race Riot in Eve L. Ewing's 1919 (Advanced 2020)

Trans/Nationality, Race/Ethnicity and Gender in Contemporary African-Diasporic Literature (Advanced 2019/20)

‘Cultivating’ their own voices – Short Stories by American Women (Intermediate 2019/20; Advanced 2012/13)

Framing Blackness: The Representation of the African American Experience on the Big Screen (Intermediate 2019; Advanced 2016/17; Intermediate 2014))

Abductees, Escapees, and Returnees - Pan-African Migration Narratives (Advanced 2018/19; Advanced 2016; Advanced 2013)

Americans in Chains - How Slavery is Remembered and Reconstructed in American Literature and Film (Intermediate 2018; Intermediate 2013/14; Intermediate 2011/12)

Writing the Diaspora – Captivity, Exile and Immigration in American Literature (Advanced 2017; Intermediate 2011)

American Childhoods – Representations of Children and Adolescents in American Literature and Culture (Intermediate 2015; Intermediate 2012)

Motherhood, Madness and Murder in American Literature and Film (Intermediate 2014)


Fellowships / Summer Schools

The School of Criticism and Theory 2011 at Cornell University - Participation in Kathryn Bond Stockton’s seminar, “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond”



Academic & Professional Service:


Program Committee MLA International Symposium, “Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations” in Düsseldorf (23-25 June 2016)