Network members

Ph.D. candidate in English at Duke University. Her dissertation traces conceptualizations of economic behavior in American novels and economics departments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her work is situated at the intersection of the history of economics, feminist theory, African American literature, histories of (neo)liberalism, and novel theory. She holds a master’s degree in North American Studies with concentrations in literature and economics from Freie Universität Berlin. Recent publications include a book review in American Literature, and an essay on Frank Norris, neoclassical economics, and Keynesianism in Fictions of Management, ed. James Dorson and Jasper Verlinden (Winter, 2019). The project she will be working on in the framework of the research network is titled “Remaking the Individual: Choice in American Economics and Fiction, 1870-1920.”

Assistant Professor of literature at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns (Campus, 2016), the co-editor of the essay collections Fictions of Management: Efficiency and Control in American Literature and Culture (Winter, 2019) and Anecdotal Modernity: Making and Unmaking History (De Gruyter, 2020), as well as the co-editor of the special journal issues Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narratives, and Numbers (in Studies in American Naturalism, 2017) and Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds (in European Journal of American Studies, 2017). Between 2019 and 2021 he was a Feodor Lynen Fellow at Brown University. His research interests include critical theory, literature and science, economic literary criticism, and organizational theory. He is currently writing a book on competing forms of economic organization in U.S. literary naturalism. His project in the research network is titled “The Market as Model in Fiction.”

PhD candidate in the literature department of the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a B.A. in German Literature and a M.A. in North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) and has studied at Université libre de Bruxelles as well as at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). His research interests include Literary Theory, Affect Studies, the History of Emotions, and how the immaterial dimensions of contemporary capitalism come to bear on Anglophone Literature during and after “the postmodern experiment.” At the invitation of Alan Liu, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Fall term of 2021. His project in the research network is titled “Modeling and the Aesthetics of Intimacy in Contemporary American Literature.”

Lecturer in the North American Studies Program at the University of Bonn. She has held research and teaching positions at the University of Regensburg, where she also received her PhD, and the University of Graz, and she was a visiting scholar at Emory University, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the LBJ Library. Her research focuses on the history and theory of photography, poverty and social justice, African American studies, maritime life writing, and postcolonial ecocriticism. Her first monograph, Picturing the Poor: Photography and the Politics of Poverty in the 1960s, is forthcoming with Penn State UP. She is currently developing her second book project, tentatively titled “Entangled Mobilities: Early American Sea Writing and (De-)Colonial Ecologies.” Together with Silvia Schultermandl, she is editing a special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents on Kinship as Critical Idiom in Oceanic Studies. Her project in the research network is titled “Aesthetics of Development and Sustainability.”

Professor and Deputy Chair of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. She received her PhD from Harvard University and her PD from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt. She has held the positions of Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Notre Dame University, Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Center for the Study of Culture at Giessen University, and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University. She is author of Cultures of Emancipation: Photography, Race, and Modern American Literature (Winter, 2012), the (yet unpublished) manuscript Precarious Belongings: The Unmaking of the American Home, 1980s-Now, and co-editor of Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place (with Kerstin Schmidt, Brill/Rodopi, 2019) as well as David P. Boder’s I Did Not Interview the Dead (with Alan Rosen and Werner Sollors, Winter, 2012). Her research interests include North American literary and visual culture studies, African American, race and ethnic studies, migration and diaspora studies, space and urban studies, economic and environmental humanities, inequality, class, and poverty studies, and transnational feminism. Her project in the research network is titled “The Color of Climate: Aesthetic Economies of Environmental Justice.” 

Ph.D. candidate with the American Department at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies and Spanish at the University of Cologne, a Master’s in Literary Translation at the University of Düsseldorf, and studied on graduate level in the English Department at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the resonances between fictional narratives and socioeconomic realities and the negotiation of ethical life in capitalism, with an emphasis on social mobility. Her work is supported by the TANDEM doctorate scholarship by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Deutsche Universitätsstiftung. Her project in the research network is titled “Fictions of/in Capitalism: Character, Social Mobility, and the Meritocracy.”

Senior lecturer of North American Studies at the University of Bonn. She has also taught as deputy chair of American Studies at the University of Münster and held research fellowships at George Mason University, George Washington University and Harvard University. In her book The Politics of Private Property: Contested Claims to Ownership in U.S. Cultural Discourse (Lexington Books, 2021) she has explored the ways in which property narratives have historically contributed to the unequal dissemination of wealth and race-based structures of exclusion in the U.S. Further publications include the monograph Modernist Authenticities: The Material Body and the Poetics of Amy Lowell and William Carlos Williams (Winter, 2014), as well as numerous essays on literature and popular culture. Her research interests include cultural rhetoric and aesthetics, poetry and poetics, intersections of literature, culture, and the economy, television and digital culture, and critical white studies. Her project in the research network is titled “Modelling Collectivity: Poetry and Populism.”

Assistant Professor of British Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Münster. She is the author of Critical Branding. Postcolonial Studies and the Market (Routledge 2018) and co-editor of several edited collections and special issues, including Locating African European Studies: Interventions-Intersections-Conversations (Routledge 2020), Writing Brexit. Colonial Remains (Routledge 2021), and Citizenship, Law and Literature (DeGruyter; forthcoming). Current article publications include “Uneasy Forms of Interdisciplinarity: Literature, Business Studies, and the Limits of Critique” (forthcoming with Anglistik) and “Follow the Hatred: The Production of Negative Feeling in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847)” (NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction; 2021). Her research interests include British Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Economic Criticism, Law and Literature, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, and Long Eighteenth as well as Nineteenth Century Literature. She is principal investigator at the Münster Collaborative Research Centre Recht und Literatur (subproject “Literatur und Markt”), funded by the DFG since 2019, and member of the DFG-funded networks Methodologies of Economic Criticism and “Voices & Agencies: America & the Atlantic 1600-1856.” Currently, she is co-writing a book on literature’s changing cultural, economic, and legal status in a digital age for CUP’s Cambridge Elements in Publishing and Book Culture (with Corinna Norrick-Rühl), whilst pursuing her Habilitation on the topic of “Emotion’s Empire and the Rise of the Novel: Cultural Politics of Attaching, Grieving, and Coping 1688–1847”. In autumn 2020, she was elected a member of the Young Academy (“Junges Kolleg”) of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences. Her project in the current research network is titled “Fixed Book Prices and the Singularity of Literature.”

Lecturer at the Institute of English and American Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, from which she holds a PhD in American Studies. She is the author of The Presence of the Past in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Winter, 2013) and has co-edited special issues on Poetry Imagines the Law (Amerikastudien/American Studies, 2017) and Financial Times: Competing Temporalities in the Age of Financial Capitalism (Finance & Society, 2018), as well as a collection of essays on Violence and Open Spaces (Winter, 2017). Her second book, The Corporation in the American Imagination is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press. From 2014 to 2016, she was a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.  Her research interests include Law and Literature, African-American Literature and Culture, Sociology of Literature, Economic Humanities, Popular Culture and Film, and the Environmental Humanities. The project that she will pursue as part of the research network is titled “Sustainable Aesthetics.”

Assistant Professor of American Studies (Akademische Rätin)at the University of Osnabrück. She is the author of Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) and co-editor of Boasian Aesthetics: American Poetry, Visual Culture, and Cultural Anthropology (Amerikastudien/American Studies, 2018). She is currently editing a special issue on Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Imaginations (Interconnections, forthcoming). She has held research and teaching positions at the universities of Basel, Bern, Mannheim, and Bonn, and has been a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College (2017-2018) and Georgetown University (2017). Her research interests include 19th- to 21st-century American literature, the history of cultural anthropology, (inter)mediality, and the intersections of literature, culture and the economy. The project that she will pursue in the context of the research network is titled “After Free Markets: Literary Models and Economic Futures.”

Postdoctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, where he is engaged in the project “Das Philologische Laboratorium.” Until June 2020, he also held a part-time position at the TU Dresden and its collaborative research centre “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement.” Previously, he has taught at the University of Würzburg and at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. He is the author of Kulturelle Komplexität: Gilles Deleuze und die Kulturtheorie der American Studies (transcript, 2015) and has co-edited the volume Poetic Critique: Encounters with Art and Literature (De Gruyter, 2021). Furthermore, he has co-edited the special issues “Control Societies I: Media, Culture, Technology” and “Control Societies II: Philosophy, Politics, Economy” (Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power 5 & 6, 2020). He has worked and written on topics such as the neoliberal imagination, ecology and the new materialism, affect politics, and rightwing populism. Currently, he is pursuing a postdoctoral project on the cultural and affective dimensions of the new capitalism. His project in the research network is titled “Temporality and the Neoliberal Imagination.”

Professor for American Studies at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. She is author of Unexpected Chords: MusicoPoetic Intermediality in Amy Lowell’s Poetry and Poetics (Winter, 2011), of the (yet unpublished) manuscript Spider Web, Labyrinth, Tightrope Walk: Networks in American Literature and Culture and co-editor of Network Theory and American Studies (with Heike Schäfer and Ulfried Reichardt, Amerikastudien/American Studies, 2015), Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narratives, and Numbers (with James Dorson, Studies in American Naturalism, 2017), The Failed Individual: Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity (with Katharina Motyl, Campus, 2017), and Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self (with Ulfried Reichardt, 2020). She was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2017) and at Harvard University as well as at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (2008). Her research interests include transformations of subjectivity in the information age, network concepts, the quantified self, theories of reading, and discourses of failure. She is also part of the DFG research network “The Failure of Knowledge/Knowledges of Failure” as well as of the BMBF project ai4all at HHU Düsseldorf. Her project in the research network is titled “The Attention Economy: Modeling Digital Reading Experience.”