Welcome to my website!
After receiving my Dr. phil. from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany, 2007), teaching as Instructor at USC, and as Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Stanford University, I was part of the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina in Columbia for six years. I received tenure tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy in 2019.
In 2020, I left the US and became Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (unbefristet – aka tenured) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany.
My primary areas of research are in Early Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics in the Continental Tradition, Women in Philosophy, and 20th Century Philosophy of Culture.
My first monograph is on Moses Mendelssohn’s anthropology. In 2012, I was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize of the Moses Mendelssohn Society of Dessau. Since then I have been focusing on Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, and its expansion through Susanne Langer. My current book project concerns the intersubjective dimension of aesthetic experience.
I also have significant interests in the history of aesthetics, esp. relating to the early modern and hermeneutic traditions (Herder, Kant, Schiller, Romanticism, Heidegger, Gadamer), and the struggle of late 18/early 19 Century female intellectuals to establish themselves within the field (and therewith altering it).
In my spare time, I go hiking, play with my kids, or immerse myself in books. Here is a link to my conversation about my all time favorite, Goethe’s Faust, with my wonderful colleague Jennifer Frey: