Zur Person

Education and Career

  • 2017: Lecturer at the Department of British and North American History, University of Kassel
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer at the Department of North American History, University of Cologne
  • 2015-2016: Lecturer at the History Department of the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, Free University Berlin
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow (“Follow-Up Fellowship”), Graduate School of North American Studies, Free University Berlin
  • 2014: Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2010-2014: Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, Free University Berlin 
  • 2010: Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary History, Sociology, and Political Science, Humboldt University Berlin and University of Leicester 


  • 2017: German Academic Exchange Service, travel funds for giving a paper at the Southern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Dallas
  • 2017: German Historical Institute, 3-months research fellowship
  • 2016: Fulbright Commission, American Studies Institute fellowship
  • 2010-2014: Ph.D. Scholarship, German Research Council (4 years)
  • 2010: Ph.D. Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (declined)
  • 2009: Research Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation and German Academic Exchange Service (declined) 
  • 2004-2010: Magister Artium Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation 

Invited Talks

  • 2017: “The Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy: The Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture.” American Space Leipzig (a cooperation between the University of Leipzig and the United States General Consulate Leipzig)
  • 2017: “’Intelligent Opposition to Race Mixing’: Cornelia Dabney Tucker and female Massive Resistance in South Carolina.” International conference “Cultures of US-American Conservatism,” Universität Göttingen
  • 2015: “Segregation’s Southern Belles.” International symposium “The Resilience of White Supremacy and Privilege,” Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
  • 2016: “Fluid Frontiers? (Re-)Configurations of Gendered and Racial Identities in the Nineteenth Century South/West.” Lecture series “Borders in Motion/Fronteras en Movimiento,” Freie Universität Berlin

Conference Papers

  • 2017: “‘The Cheerleaders’ and New Orleans’s Desegregation Crisis.” Louisiana Historical Association, Shreveport, LA, March 16-18.
  • 2014: “Massive Resistance Revisited: New Interpretations of the Segregationist Counter-Movement.“ British Association of American Studies, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 10-13.
  • 2013: “Women activists in Massive Resistance.” The University of California
  • (UCLA), Center for the Study of Women, “Thinking Gender,” Los Angeles, CA, February 1.
  • 2013: “Proto-feminist Groups in Massive Resistance?” American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6.
  • 2012: “’It is time for the Mothers to Take Over’: Women’s Roles in Massive Resistance.” Louisiana State University, History Graduate Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 23-24.
  • 2012: “’For Our American Form of Government’: South Carolinian Women in Massive Resistance.” South Carolina Historical Association, Columbia, SC, March 10.
  • 2011: “Pointing Fingers: German Reactions to the Central High School Desegregation Crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957.” Black German Cultural Society, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., August 19-21.

Academic Event Organization

  • 2011: Co-organization of the international conference “American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power”. Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2017: Organization of the “Black History Week,” a aseries of events for Black History Month, including a historiographical exhibition, a reading, an interdisciplinary round table and a film screening and debate. Department of North American History, Universität zu Köln.

Professional Associations

  • The German Association for American Studies, 2010 – present 
  • The Organization of American Historians, 2011 – present 
  • The Southern Historical Association, 2011 – present 
  • The Louisiana Historical Association, 2012 – present 
  • The Western History Association, 2014 – present