C.V.

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Current Position

Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College (6th year in rank), New Hampshire, 8/2012–
Department of German Studies
Areas of concentration: media and book history in 18th and 19th-century Germany, print and material culture, textual practices, authorship, historical forms of knowledge production, intellectual technologies, the history of journalism.

Education

Ph.D. Princeton University, New Jersey, 5/2009–6/2012
Department of German
Dissertation: Original Compiler: Notation as Textual Practice in Theodor Fontane.
Directed by Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton University).

M.A. Princeton University, New Jersey, 9/2006-5/2009
Germanic Languages and Literature, Department of German.

M.A. Sussex University, England, 9/2005-7/2006
Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought, Department of History
(with distinction).

B.A. Universität Potsdam, Germany, 10/2002-7/2005
Europäische Medienwissenschaft (with distinction, “1,0”)
Joint program of the Universität Potsdam, the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen
“Konrad Wolf,” 
and the Fachhochschule Potsdam.

Selected Publications

For the full list of publications, please see the tab Publications.

Monograph

The Fontane Workshop: Manufacturing Realism in the Industrial Age of Print. New Directions in German Studies; 26. New York; London: Bloomsbury Academic, July 2019.

Click here for a book summary and chapter abstracts.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Business of Criticism: Theodor Fontane and Wilhelm Hertz’s Media Campaign for Vor dem Sturm.” In Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj. Interdisciplinary German Studies. Berlin: de Gruyter, in press, 282–311 [peer-reviewed].
  • “Ein kreativer Apparat: Theodor Fontanes Bibliotheksnetz und Lektürepraktiken – eine Mediengeschichte.” Fontane-Blätter 103 (2017): 100–124 [peer-reviewed; invited translation of “A Creative Machine”].
  • “The Romantic Editor as Modern Media Practitioner: The Poetics of Reading in Tieck’s Minnelieder Anthology.” German Life and Letters 70.1 (2017): 57–78 [peer-reveiwed; Special Issue: Das Erblühen der Blumenlesen. German Anthologies, 1700–1850. Ed. Nora Ramtke und Seán M. Williams].
  • “Wit, Bookishness, and the Epistemic Impact of Note-Taking: Lichtenberg’s Sudelbücher as Intellectual Tools.” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 90.4 (2016): 501–528 [peer-reviewed].

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Enhanced Junior Faculty Fellowship, Dartmouth College, AY 2017–2018.
  • Dean of the Faculty Mentoring Award, Dartmouth College, awarded for mentoring work in AY 2016–2017, July 2017.
  • Leslie Center for the Humanities Project Grant, “Media Inventories of the Nineteenth Century,” Dartmouth College, 2017.
  • Public Voices Fellowship Program, Dartmouth College, AY 2017.
  • Dartmouth Conference Award, “Mediating the New Cold War in the Digital Age,” Spring 2016 (Co-Organizer).
  • Walter and Constance Burke Research Initiation Award, Dartmouth College, 2012–2019.
  • Andrew W. Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011–2012.
  • Fellowship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2003-2006.

Teaching Experience (Selected Courses)

For the full list of courses, please see the tab Teaching.

  • From the Typewriter to Virtual Reality: Modern Media Theory, Upper-Division Seminar in German and Comparative Literature (scheduled), Dartmouth College, 2020-2021.
  • The Invention of News, Humanities Honor’s Seminar, Dartmouth College, scheduled for Spring 2021.
  • Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper and Other Writing Surfaces, Seminar in Comparative Literature and German Studies, Dartmouth College, Winter 2019.
  • Pulp Fiction Meets High Literature: German Writers in the 19th-Century Media Market (Upper-Level Seminar), Dartmouth College, Fall 2016.
  • Dialogues with the Classics (Humanities 2; Team-Taught), Dartmouth College, Winter 2014.
  • Understanding German Media (Intermediate German Language and Culture), Dartmouth College, Winter 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.

Talks and Events

Conferences – Organized

  • 2/2020 [in preparation, with Sean Franzel] Media Inventories 2.0, Interdisciplinary Two-Day Workshop and Working Group Meeting, University of Missouri, MO.
  • 6/2019 [programming committee member] Fontanes Medien (1819–2019), International Four-Day Conference, Universität Potsdam, Germany.
  • 3/2018 [with Sean Franzel] Media Inventories of the Nineteenth Century, Interdisciplinary Two-Day Workshop and Permanent Working Group, Dartmouth College.
  • 3/2018 [with Nora Ramtke] Writing Time: Temporalities of the Journal, Panel, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, Orlando, FL.
  • 4/2016 [co-organizer] Mediating the New Cold War in the Digital Age, International Two-Day Conference, Dartmouth College.

Invited Talks

  • An den Außengrenzen des Journalismus: Fontanes ‘unechte Korrespondenzen’ als boundary-work. Invited Talk, Fontanes Medien (1819–2019), International Conference, Universität Potsdam, Germany, June 2019.
  •  Unreliable Reporters of the Pencil: Practices of “Illustrating” Current Events on the Threshold of Photography. Workshop Talk, “Truth and the Logic of the Series, 1850 to 1930,” NCCR Iconic Criticism/Eikones, Universität Basel, Switzerland, May 2019.
  • “I was there today”: Fake Eyewitnessing and Journalistic Authority from Fontane to Relotius. Lecture, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, February 2019.
  • Korrespondent im Deutungskrieg: Fontane, Fake News und die Entstehung journalistischer Autorität im mittleren 19. Jahrhundert/heute. Lecture, Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Potsdam, Germany, January 2019.
  • The False Correspondent in Nineteenth-Century Press Wars: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Fake News. Lecture and Seminar Session, “Landmarks of European Identity,” Undergraduate History Seminar, Princeton University, NJ, November 2018.
  • Real Fakes: Textual Practices of “Firsthand” Reporting in the Nineteenth-Century Berlin Press. Workshop Presentation, “Modern Journalistic Practices of Knowledge Production – Part 2,” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, June 2018.
  • Fontane’s Sound Bites: Remix and the Realist Novel, ca. 1880. Lecture, German Studies Graduate Colloquium, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 2018.
  • The Compiler’s Moment: Fontane and the Manufacture of Nineteenth-Century Realism. Workshop Presentation, Book History/Theory of the Novel Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 2017.
  • Programmatisch offen: Der “Zettelkasten” des Kompilators Theodor Fontane. Conference Talk, “Formen ins Offene. Zur Produktivität des Unvollendeten,” Theodor-Fontane-Archiv, Potsdam, October 2016.
  • Compiler at Work: Fontane’s Creative Response to the Industrialization of Print. Lecture and Manuscript Workshop, Smith College, Northampton, April 2016.
  • The Compiler’s Moment: Fontane and the Industrialization of Print. Lecture, “Form and Format, ca. 1880–1940,” NCCR Iconic Criticism/Eikones, Basel, October 2015.
  • Weiterverwendungskunst. Praxis und Epistemologie der weichen Ordnung in Fontanes Notizbüchern. Lecture, “Wissen in materialen Textkulturen. Zum epistemischen Status von Geschriebenem in vergangenen und heutigen Gesellschaften,” SFB 933 Materiale Textkulturen, Universität Heidelberg and Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, Marbach am Neckar, June 2013.
  • Waste / Books: Approaching Lichtenberg’s Sudelbücher as Intellectual Tools. Lecture, Graduate Student Colloquium “Detours, Deviations, and Digressions in International Literature and Thought,” Brown University, Providence, April 2013.
  • Auflisten und verschieben. Realismus-Produktion in Fontanes Notizbüchern. Lecture, “Eintragen. Das Notizbuch als epistemologisches Lese- und Schreibformat,” Johannes Gutenberg-Universität und Princeton University, Mainz, July 2011.

Conference Presentations

  • Subjunctives and Serendipity in Lichtenberg’s Sudelbüchern. Multi-Panel Series “Thought Experiments – Gedankenexperimente,” 42nd Annual German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, September 2018.
  • Fontane’s Pictorial Drafts and the Middle-Style of Realism. Multi-Panel Series “Visions of Realism,” 41st Annual German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, October 2017.
  • Commonplace Authenticity: Fontane’s Compilation of Fake “Eyewitness” Accounts. Workshop “Observing the Everyday: Journalistic Practices and Knowledge Production in the Modern Era,” German Historical Institute and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Washington, D.C., March 2017.
  • Steady-Seller and Living Archive: Crossing the Book / Journal Distinction in Theodor Fontane’s Wanderungen. Multi-Panel-Series “The Business of Literature: Authorship, Publishing, Aesthetics,” 40th Annual German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, September 2016.
  • Scenes of Writing: Fontane’s Desk. Multi-Panel-Series “The Posthermeneutic Turn in Textual Studies,” 39th Annual German Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., October 2015.
  • Into the Reading Labyrinth: Poetics of Immersion in Tieck’s Minnelieder Anthology. Panel “German-Language Anthologies in the Long Eighteenth Century,” 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, July 2015.
  • The Entertainment Formula: Genre Scenes and the Narrative Production of Affect in the Gartenlaube. Paper, Seminar “Narration,” 37th Annual German Studies Association Conference, Denver, October 2013.

Professional Activities & Service

Departmental Service

  • Member, Subcommittee on Major/Minor Reform, Department of German Studies, Dartmouth College, Spring 2019.
  • Program Founder and Coordinator, German Department Literature Archive Internship with the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Theodor-Fontane-Archiv, Dartmouth College, since 2014.
  • Coordinator, German Department Internship Program with the Max Planck Institutes for Neurobiology (Martinsried near Munich) and Chemical Ecology (Jena), Dartmouth College, 2015–2016.
  • Faculty Advisor to the German Club, Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
  • Member, Subcommittee on Curricular Reform, Department of German Studies, Dartmouth College, 2012–2013.

Service to Dartmouth College

  • Member, Policies in Action Working Group, C3I Initiative, Dartmouth College, Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Initiator, Critical Media Studies Initiative, since Spring 2019.
  • Committee Member, Council on Honorary Degrees, Dartmouth College, 2018–2021.
  • Co-Convener, Nineteenth-Century Studies Group, Dartmouth College, 2016–2018.
  • Member, Humanities Strategy Group of the Associate Dean of the Arts and Humanities, Dartmouth College, 2015–2016.

Service to the Profession

  • Committee Member, Modern Languages Association, Executive Committee on 19th and early 20th Century German Literature, 2019–2024 (elected for 5-year term).
  • Advisory Board Member, Series Rezeptionskulturen in Literatur- und Mediengeschichte, eds. Mathias Herweg, Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, Cordula Lemke, Claudia Wiener. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, since 2013.
  • Peer-Reviewer for German Quarterly; 2013.
  • Associated Member, Theodor Fontane-Arbeitsstelle, Universität Göttingen, since 2011.
  • Member of the Modern Languages Association; the German Studies Association; the International Association for Word and Image Studies; and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.

Languages

German, native language.
English, near-native fluency.
Italian, Latin, and French, basic reading knowledge.

References

References are available upon request. Please email me or use the contact form.