About Me

I received my BA in History in 2009 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors in the Department of History. From 2010 to 2016, I was enrolled in the German Program at the Johns Hopkins University, where I earned my MA in 2012 and  PhD in 2016. From 2013 to 2014, I was affiliated as a visiting doctoral student with both the PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien (Freie Universität Berlin). My dissertation, entitled Signs of Life: Form, Life, and the Materiality of Writing around 1800 (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg – Jean Paul – Goethe), which I defended in June 2016, examines how concepts of life articulate themselves in the writing practices of German authors around 1800. As of July 2016, I am the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in German Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.