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I have research interests in literary modernism, German philosophy (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, Benjamin), twentieth-century dance (especially Pina Bausch), and contemporary theories of embodied cognition. My first monograph-length project explored embodied responses in German modernist literature and thought, and the existential implications of the training and re-shaping of such responses. My current Leverhulme-funded project explores dance adaptations of European modernist literature and what they might tell us about the continuing relevance of modernist texts in the 21st century. I am series editor of Brill's Bodies & Abilities in Culture, Literature, and the Arts and co-curator of Kafka: Making of an Icon, a major exhibition at the Weston Library in Oxford.


At Oxford, I have taught Paper X on Franz Kafka, Paper II in the FHS, and the prelims poetry paper, having previously taught a broad range of subjects at Amsterdam University College and Utrecht University. I have supervised various theses at both BA- and MA-level on topics in German Literature, Cognitive Literary Studies, and Dance.

Selected Publications:

'Benjamin in i10: Journalistic Networks, Exchange, and Reception behind a Dutch, Multi-Lingual, Avant-Garde Magazine,' in 'Der Journalist als Produzent: Walter Benjamins publizistische Texte und die Medienlandschaft der Zwischenkriegszeit,' eds. Carolin Duttlinger and Daniel Weidner, special issue, Monatshefte, 115.2 (2023): 189-203.

‘“One Must Know How to Dance”: Vicki Baum’s Menschen im Hotel (1929), Edmund Goulding’s Grand Hotel (1932), and a Choreography of Social Responses’, in ‘Transatlantic Cognitive Cultures’, edited by Shannon McBriar and Meindert E. Peters, special issue, Symbiosis, 25.2 (2021), 213-233.

‘Revaluations Through Dance: Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thought in Isadora Duncan’s Speech “The Dance of the Future”’, Dance Research, 37.2 (2019): 206-219.

‘Heidegger’s Embodied Others: On Critiques of the Body and “Intersubjectivity” in Being and Time’, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 18.2 (2019): 441-458.