Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

CV & Research Fields

Since September 2008: Postdoc teacher and researcher of English Language Education, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

June 2010: Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in North American Literary and Cultural Studies, HU Berlin

Ph.D. Thesis: Undoing Difference? Race and Gender in Selected Works by Toni Morrison and Jeanette Winterson. Advisors: Prof. Dr. Günter H. Lenz, Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg

August 2008 to January 2009: English teacher at Sophie-Scholl-Schule, Berlin

August 2006 to August 2008: 2nd phase teacher training (Referendariat), teaching English and German at Sophie-Scholl-Schule, Berlin; 2nd State Exam (Studienassessorin English and German)

October 2004 to March 2006: Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte) for North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

May 2000 to January 2003: Teacher of German as a Foreign Language, Institut für Interkulturelle Kommunikation, e.V., Berlin

April 2000 to June 2010: Doctoral Student of North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

January 2000: First State Exam English and German (Studienrätin)

Thesis: "African American and Black British Literature: Romane von Toni Morrison und Caryl Phillips"

September 1998 to June 1999: Graduate Student of American and German Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Fall Term 1998 to Summer Term 1999: Graduate Teaching Assistant for German as a Foreign Language at the Department for German, Scandinavian & Dutch, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

October 1993 to June 1994: Foreign Language Assistant, German, at Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate, UK

October 1991 to January 2000: Studied English and German (Studienrätin) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin




Current Projects:

  • Professional identities of university teacher educators
  • Critical Race Literacy and autoethnography in university teacher education
  • Diversity Education in TEFL: Implications of heterogeneous groups of learners on concepts of TEFL


Research Interests include:

  • Teaching literature and cultural studies within TEFL
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Critical Race Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies and Postcolonial Studies
  • Anti-racist education in the EFL classroom (Rassismuskritische Bildung)
  • Collective Autoethnography as a research method in teacher education & English Language Education



  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung (DGFF)
  • German Association of American Studies (DGfA)
  • Zentrum für Inklusionsforschung Berlin (ZfIB)
  • Fremdsprachendidaktisches Kolloquium Berlin-Brandenburg (FKBB)