Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Talks and Publications



“Mesmerism and the Multitude: Representing the Uncanniness of Jacksonian Democracy with Edgar Allan Poe.” International Autumn School “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of  Democracy: From the Interwar Years to the Present.” Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 29 Aug. -2 Sep. 2022.


“Pulp Fictions of the Self: Biography and Self-Improvement in 1930s Pulp Magazines.” Kosmos Workshop “Body and Mind”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15-17 November 2018.



“Temperance Beyond Discipline: Considerations on the Functions of US Temperance Drama.” Skenè Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies 5.1 (2019): 65-86. <>


with Martin Klepper. “How to Win Friends and Find a Will – Self-Improvement in 1930s Popular Culture.” LWU Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 6.3 (2018): 221-233.


with Martin Klepper. “Toward a Poetics of Practice: Self-Improvement, Nancy Drew, and the Chicago Defender.” Projecting American Studies. Eds. Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018. 95-108.


with Martin Klepper. “What Nancy Knew, What Carol Knew: Mass Literature and Knowledge.” What Literature Knows. Forays into Literary Knowledge Production. Eds. Antje Kley and Kai Mertens. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018. 193-213.


Of Opaque Bodies and Transparent Eyeballs. Democracy as Rhizomatic Panopticism in Paine’s The Age of Reason and Emerson’s Nature. Dissertation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2018. <>


“Between Protest and Privilege. South Asian Religious Signifiers and the US Counterculture.” South Asia Chronicle 7 (2017): 319-349. <>