Curriculum Vitae

Born: September 14, 1966 in Berlin, Germany

Professional Career

2012-
Deputy Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre Episteme in Motion: Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period [Stellvertretender Sprecher DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 980 Episteme in Bewegung: Wissenstransfer von der Alten Welt bis in die Frühe Neuzeit].
2011-2015
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and the Humanities of the Freie Universität Berlin with special responsibility for research issues.
2009-2011
Head of the English Department of the Freie Universität Berlin.
2009-2011
Head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Early Modern Period of the Freie Universität Berlin [IZ Mittelalter – Renaissance – Frühe Neuzeit].
2009
Offer of the Chair of Medieval English Language and Literature at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, declined [Ruf auf die W3-Professur für Ältere Anglistik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, abgelehnt].
2006-
Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
[W3-Professur für Englische Philologie mit einem Schwerpunkt Literatur des Mittelalters und der Renaissance].
2004-2006
Associate Professor of Medieval English Literature [Juniorprofessor], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
1999-2003
Senior Lecturer [Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, C1], Freie Universität Berlin.
1995-1999
Lecturer [Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter], Freie Universität Berlin.
1995
Personal Assistant to the First Vice President of the Freie Universität Berlin.
1993-1994
Part-Time Lecturer [Lehrbeauftragter], Freie Universität Berlin;
English Language Teacher, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, in the service of the Federal State of Brandenburg’s High School Teacher Training Programme, Kyritz.
1987-90
Student Research Assistant to Professor Klaus Dietz, Chair of English Historical Linguistics and Medieval Literature, Freie Universität Berlin.

Education

July 2005
Professorial Dissertation [Habilitation] at the Technische Universität Dresden. Title of the Professorial Dissertation: Performing the Middle Ages from Beowulf to Othello.
1998
Dr. Phil., Summa cum laude, Freie Universität Berlin.
1994-95
Visiting Affiliate Graduate Research Student, Yale University.
1991
High School Teacher Examination [1. Staatsexamen für das Höhere Lehramt, the equivalent of an MA], very good [sehr gut], Freie Universität Berlin.
1984
School Leaving Certificate [Abitur], Albert-Schweitzer-Oberschule [Gymnasium], Berlin.

Scholarships, Grants, External Funding

2016-
Member of the research unit FOR 2305 [DFG-Forschergruppe 2305] Discursivizations of the New. Tradition and Renewal in Medieval and Pre-modern Texts [Diskursivierungen von Neuem] at the Freie Universität Berlin; funding the subproject 02 (together with Prof. Dr. Wolfram Keller, Humboldt-University Berlin) “Troynovant Revisited. Strategic Hybridisation in the Competing Traditions of Classical Antiquity in English Literature c. 1380 – 1680” [“Troynovant Revisited. Strategische Hybridisierungen in den konkurrierenden Antikentraditionen der englischen Literatur zwischen ca. 1380 und 1680”].
2015-
Associate member of the research unit Cinepoetics at the Freie Universität Berlin
2012-
Associate member of the research unit BildEvidenz at the Freie Universität Berlin
2012-
Member of the Collaborative Research Centre Episteme in Motion.
2012-
Associate Member of the research unit [Kollegforschergruppe] BildEvidenz.
2008-2010
Successful application (together with Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov) for a grant within the Excellence Cluster “Languages of Emotion” as part of the Federal Initiative of Academic Excellence: “Passion and Distinction: The Functions of Love in the Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature” [“Passion und Distinktion: Funktionen der Liebe in der englischen Literatur des Späten Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit”].
2008-2011
Member of the research unit [DFG-Forschergruppe] Topics and Tradition [Topik und Tradition] at the Freie Universität Berlin; funding the project “Ekphrasis: Tradition and Literariness in the English Middle Ages and Early Modern Period” [“Ekphrasis: Tradition und Literarizität in der englischen Literatur des Spätmittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit”].
2000
VG Wort grant for the publication of Clerks and Courtiers: Chaucer, Late Middle English Literature and the State Formation Process.
1994-1995
DAAD-scholarship for research and study at Yale University.
1993-1994
NaFöG doctoral dissertation grant [a grant awarded to doctoral candidates by the federal state of Berlin].
1987-1990
“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”-scholarship.

Professional Activities (selected)

2015-
Deputy Director (stellv.Sprecher), Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies
2015-
Member, Editorial Board, Frühmittelalterliche Studien
2012-
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Anglia
2012-
Series Advisor, Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture
2009-
Member, Advisory Board, Mediävistenverband
2008-
Member, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies

Memberships in Scholarly Societies

  • Anglistenverband
  • Mediävistenverband
  • New Chaucer Society
  • Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft
  • International Arthurian Society