My research currently covers digital feminisms and feminist media studies, performance art, and popfeminism, and I am interested in scholar-activism and feminist leadership. I have recently published the books Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Maria Stehle, McGill-Queens, 2016), Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (Toronto, 2013), and articles on contemporary feminisms and German culture. I have coedited five peer-reviewed collections, including Digital Feminisms (Routledge, 2016) and I have been managing co-editor of two international journals, Women in German Yearbook and Seminar: Journal of Germanic Studies, and I co-founded Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. She has received awards for teaching and research.
After spending time researching and teaching at the University of Potsdam in Germany, Trinity College Dublin, and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in 2008. I am currently Chair of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and Professor of German Studies at the University of Alberta. I have given invited lectures at universities in Canada, the US, Germany, and Ireland, and I have been a Visiting Professor at Reed College (USA) and Maynooth University (Ireland). In 2015, I received the Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award (Associate Professor) and in 2013, I received the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Achievement) and the Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.