I teach German, media and cultural studies at the University of Birmingham. I studied for a degree in Law and German at Cardiff University before going on to do an MA in Literature in European Cultures. I completed my PhD in 2002 and held my first academic post at the University of Bath before coming to Birmingham. I teach undergraduate history, politics, literature and language classes within German Studies and contribute to European Studies courses on media and cultural studies. I also offer a final year German option module on ‘The Politics of Remembering: Germany and the Nazi Past'. My research interests focus on memory studies, literary history and the politics of remembering. My particular areas of interest are gendered memories of Nazism and the GDR and how debates about the past inform contemporary German society. Focusing on questions of autobiography and identity, my research combines literary historical and cultural studies approaches.