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Research associate, University of York

Franziska is a researcher in English Literature, the History of Science and Science Communication.
She completed a doctoral thesis on Dreams and Visions in Victorian Psychology and Fantastic Literature at Brasenose College Oxford. She is also a trained communication & media scientist, currently working on a new project on children’s literature, psychology and environmentalism.

Besides her academic work, she is active as broadcaster, curator and translator, having recently appeared on BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time" programme, international television and print media. She co-curated the Royal Entomological Society-funded exhibition "Insects through the Looking Glass" at Oxford's Story Museum, and acted as consultant for Compton Verney's "Magical Mechanical Museum" exhibition alongside Simon Schaffer.

Franziska teaches Victorian, Fantastic and Children’s Literature, and has in the past worked as journalist and translator, most recently for MARVEL Comics.


  • –present
    Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Assistant in Literature and Science, University of Oxford
  • 2013–present
    Graduate Tutor, University of Oxford
  • 2019–present
    Research associate, University of York
  • 2016–2016
    Tutor, Emory University
  • 2014–2015
    Tutor, ASE Bath
  • 2008–2011
    Tutor, TU Dresden


  • 2019 
    University of Oxford, DPhil English Literature & History of Science
  • 2012 
    University of Sheffield, MA Nineteenth Century Studies
  • 2011 
    Universität Leipzig, BA English & Communication and Media Science


  • 2016
    ‘The stupidest tea-party in all my life’: Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Practice, Journal of Victorian Culture
  • 2015
    A Scientific Guide to Seeing Fairies, REMEDIA - the history of medicine in dialogue with its present
  • 2014
    “Back to the Future: The Time Traveller’s Traumatic Jet Lag in A Christmas Carol. , Dickens on the Move – Between Cultures and Continents