My becoming a Fellow of Lincoln College was also a return of sorts: I was an undergraduate student at Oxford, reading Modern Languages and Literatures at St Edmund Hall. Having moved to the United States for my postgraduate studies, in 2015 I received a Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. In 2016, after a brief but lovely stint as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia, I joined Lincoln College as the DAAD-Montgomery Fellow and Tutor in German Studies.
At Lincoln, I teach modern German literature from the Enlightenment to the present across the undergraduate curriculum, as well as translation classes for the Prelims and the Final Honour School of Modern Languages.
In my research, I focus on 20th century and contemporary European – mostly German – literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between aesthetic production and political thought. My dissertation examined how literary and cinematic texts negotiate the temporal structure of European societies after 1989, marked as it is by a paradoxical conjunction of social and technological acceleration and alleged historical stasis. Currently, I am working on a book project titled Globe and Planet in Contemporary Aesthetics, in which I study contemporary culture’s manifold – politically fraught and formally heterogeneous – ways of imagining a shared world, as well as on a monograph on the work of Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos.