I received my PhD (2004) and 'Habilitation' (2008) from the University of Tübingen. In 2009 I joined the English Department of the University of Potsdam as  Chair of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. A lot of my work in Potsdam has been collaborative, conducted and published together with my wonderful colleagues. I was vicepresident of GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies) between 2012 and 2015. Since 2016, I am co-spokesperson of the Research Training Group (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) minor cosmopolitanisms, a programme focussing on PhD training conducted in close collaboration with partners in South Africa, India, Australia and North America. My main research project over the past years has focussed on the figure of Tupaia, a Polynesian master navigator who joined the crew of Captain James Cook on his first voyage to Oceania.