National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I moved from Germany to Great Britain in 1989, and in 1990 enrolled at the university of Aberdeen for a Joint Honours degree in English and Art History. After graduating with First Class honours, I started a doctoral dissertation on Renaissance Brescia, and especially the work of the two painters Moretto and Romanino under the supervision of Professor Paul Hills, and was awarded my PhD in 2000.
When I accepted a temporary, 2- year appointment at Nottingham in 1997, I had no idea that I would still be here in 2016, still teaching on Renaissance Art, and increasingly invested in a number of extra-curricular activities such as a student- led curatorial initiative, Crop up gallery! and especially a range of student- led peer mentoring schemes. I have also worked with Nottingham Castle and a team of students on the 'Ten Drawings from the Royal Collections: Leonardo da Vinci' exhibition ( check the #tenleonardos hashtag)
My research focuses on all matters Renaissance, and especially material culture and power relations between centre and periphery. I work on renaissance women and exchange between East and West, and have recently spent some time working on late nineteenth-century China.
One of my other interests which feeds into my teaching is a curiosity about how technology can aid the art historian who may want to know about events and objects that no longer exist, so I draw on literature, maps and diaries as well as on images, and am becoming increasingly invested in social media.
National Teaching Fellow (HEA)