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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




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


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)


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


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


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


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)


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



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)