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I took up my post at the Centre for Women’s Studies in 2017, after seven years as lecturer in German at the University of Hull.
I gained my BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (German and French) from the University of Cambridge in 2004, before going on to take an MA in Gender and Media Studies at the University of Sussex, returning to German Studies for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, completed in 2009.
I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Perpetrator Studies.
Professional Memberships include Women in German Studies, UK; the Association for German Studies, UK; the German History Society, UK; the German Studies Association, USA.
My background is in the humanities and, whilst my methodologies come largely from cultural and literary studies, my research has become increasingly interdisciplinary in the last few years. My research to date has focussed on: terrorism and gender; violence, representation and gender; violence, subjectivity and affect/emotion; the field of perpetrator studies. I am also interested in the history of feminisms, particularly German feminisms; queer studies and feminist queer theory; subjectivity and narratives of the self; gender, sexuality and representation.
I am Principal Investigator (along with Dr Mererid Puw Davies, UCL), of the research project ‘Violence Elsewhere: Imagining Violence outside Germany since 1945’, which is generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For more on that, see the project’s website (Violence Elsewhere) and follow us on twitter @V_E_Research.
with Jeffrey Murer, eds. Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing Identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2012.
with Anna Richards, eds. Women and Death 3: Women’s Representations of Death in German Culture since 1500. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2010.
“Gendering the Perpetrator – Gendering Perpetrator Studies”, in The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies, ed. by Susanne Knittel and Zachary Goldberg. London: Routledge, 2019, pp. 155-168.
“Scripting the Perpetrating Self: Masculinity, Class and Violence in German Post-terrorist Autobiography”, in Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing Identity, ed. by Bielby and Jeffrey Murer. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 85-111.
“Murder is a (lesbian) feminist issue: the Ihns/Andersen case and its impact on the New Women’s Movement”, in Women, Global Protest Movements, and Political Agency: Rethinking the Legacy of 1968, ed. by Sarah Colvin and Katharina Karcher. London: Routledge, 2018, pp. 98-114.
“‘An jeder Straßenecke könnte praktisch ein Mannweib mit Schlagring, Lederkleidung und rauher Stimme auf ihn warten’: Gewalt, Weiblichkeit und Sexualität in der Bundesrepublik der 1970er Jahre”, in Jahrbuch Sexualitäten, ed. by Initiative Queer Nations. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2017, pp. 94-113.
“West Germany’s neue Frauenbewegung and the productive potential of feminist (Gegen)gewalt”, in Forum for Modern Language Studies, 53:4 (2017): 379-404.
with Frauke Matthes. “Gender and Sexuality”, in Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture, ed. by Sarah Colvin. London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 250-267.
“Narrating the Revolutionary Self in German Post-Terrorist Life Writing: Gender, Identity and Historical Agency”, in German Life and Letters 76:2 (2014): 219-241.
“Bewaffnete Terroristinnen: Linksterrorismus, Gender und die Waffe in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland von den 1970er Jahren bis heute”, in WerkstattGeschichte 64, special issue ed. by Dagmar Ellerbrock and Ulrike Weckel (2014): 77-101.
“‘Nestbeschmutzerinnen’? Women Terrorists in the West German Print Media of the 1970s”, in Der Linksterrorismus der 1970er-Jahre und die Ordnung der Geschlechter, ed. by Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann and Dirk van Laak. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013, pp. 121-137.
“The Hard Body of the Violent Terrorist Woman in the West German Print Media of the 1970s”, in Hard Bodies, ed. by Ralph J. Poole et al. Zurich: LIT-Verlag, 2011, pp. 176-196.
“Remembering the Red Army Faction”, Memory Studies 3: 2 (2010): 137-150.
“Print Media Representations of Vera Brühne as Femme Fatale”, in Women and Death: Representations of Women Victims and Perpetrators in German Culture (1500-2000), ed. by Helen Fronius and Anna Linton. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2008, pp. 188-204.
“Revolutionary Men and the Feminine Grotesque in the German Media of the 1960s and 1970s”, in Masculinities in German Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 2), ed. by Sarah Colvin and Peter Davies. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2008, pp. 213-228.
“Abject (M)others: Representations of Female Terrorists in 1970s German Media”, in Mothering the Nation, ed. by Lisa Bernstein. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 173-188.
“Attacking the Body Politic: the Terroristin in 1970s German Media”, Reconstruction 7: 1 (2007).
“‘Bonnie und Kleid’: Female Terrorists and the Hysterical Feminine”, Forum 2 (spring 2006).
I teach and convene the MA modules 'Gender and Violence' and 'Women, Citizenship and Conflict'.
I also contribute to the following team-taught core modules:
'Approaching Women’s Studies';
'Feminist Histories – Feminist Historiographies';
'Feminist Research Methodologies';
'Ways of (Feminist) Knowing'.