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I studied English Literatures and Comparative Linguistics, receiving a BA (Hons) from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), a M.A. from the University of Tübingen (Germany) and a Dr. Phil. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). I also had a one-year teaching stint at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) before being responsible for Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Mainz-Germersheim (Germany), where I was Junioprofessor. I joined the University of Potsdam in 2018.
My primary research interests encompass literary studies, postcolonial studies, environmental humanities/ecocriticism and material cultures. More specifically, I like to think, write and teach about the Anthropocene, modernism and modernities, narrative forms (novels, travel writing, (auto)biographical forms, nature writing), Australian studies, and material cultural studies (human-animal studies, food, waste); I find myself increasingly interested in archipelagic thought, as well as the Anglophone literatures and cultural production of the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, and the British Isles. I was a board member of GAPS (Gesellschaft für anglophone postkoloniale Studien, from 2011-2015) and am currently a series editor for KOALAS.