I was born in Germany to expellee parents who settled in Franconia, just south of what would become the Iron Curtain. The political tensions, fault lines and catastrophes of Central European history run deep in my family, and this biographical vicissitude has come to inform much of my research. I am interested in the cultural ramifications of military conflict, in the history of travel and migration, in hybrid and emigrant identities, and in the ways in which cultural production engages with these topics.

I received an MA in English and Modern German Literature from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich before coming to the United Kingdom in 1997 to study for a PhD at UEA. I then taught for the Open University and subsequently for eleven years at the University of Portsmouth. In 2012, I joined the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

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