Curriculum Vitae

Born: September 14, 1966 in Berlin, Germany

Professional Career

Cluster Director (together with Anita Traninger) of the Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective (EXC 2020 Temporal Communities).
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Anglia.
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].
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and the Humanities of the Freie Universität Berlin with special responsibility for research issues.
Head of the English Department of the Freie Universität Berlin.
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].
Member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Medievalists in the German-Speaking Countries [Mediävistenverband].
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].
Member of the Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.
Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
[W3-Professur für Englische Philologie mit einem Schwerpunkt Literatur des Mittelalters und der Renaissance].
Associate Professor of Medieval English Literature [Juniorprofessor], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Senior Lecturer [Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, C1], Freie Universität Berlin.
Lecturer [Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter], Freie Universität Berlin.
Personal Assistant to the First Vice President of the Freie Universität Berlin.
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.
Student Research Assistant to Professor Klaus Dietz, Chair of English Historical Linguistics and Medieval Literature, Freie Universität Berlin.


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

Scholarships, Grants, External Funding

Cluster of Excellence (EXC 2020) Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective.
“DEEPDEAD: Deploying The Dead: Artefacts and Human Bodies in Socio-Cultural Transformations”, HERA-Project (Humanities in the European Research Area).
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”].
Associate member of the research unit Cinepoetics at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Member of the Collaborative Research Centre Episteme in Motion. Project B01:“Artefacts, Treasures and Ruins - Materiality and Historicity in the Literature of the English Middle Ages”, Head of Concept Group II: “Time and Historicity”.
Associate Member of the Special Research Group [Kollegforschergruppe] BildEvidenz.
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”].
Member of the Special Research Group [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”].
VG Wort grant for the publication of Clerks and Courtiers: Chaucer, Late Middle English Literature and the State Formation Process.
DAAD-scholarship for research and study at Yale University.
NaFöG doctoral dissertation grant [a grant awarded to doctoral candidates by the federal state of Berlin].
“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”-scholarship.

Memberships in Scholarly Societies