Reader in German and Cultural Studies, Royal Holloway

I studied at New College, Oxford, and the University of Wales Swansea, where my PhD was awarded in 2000. Since then I've been Research Officer at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies in Sussex (2001) and Lecturer in German at King's College London (2001-3), and I joined the German Department at Royal Holloway, now part of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in 2003.

My research interests lie in the field of modern and contemporary German and Austrian culture, and in particular that of the interwar period (1918-1939). I have specialized on the work of the Austrian novelist and journalist Joseph Roth, the subject of my thesis and my 2006 monograph Facing Modernity, and continue to work on this fascinating and contradictory author. I also have a research interest in sport and cultural responses to sport.

Current research foci include: the cultural history of the legendary German boxer and erstwhile World's Heavyweight Champion Max Schmeling (1905-2005); autobiographical writing and constructions of the sporting 'hero'; the cultural significance of the Alps in Austria (the subject of a forthcoming themed issue of Austrian Studies, for which I will be lead editor).

Other research and teaching interests include: the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity); 'Generational' discuourses and youth culture in Germany; 'Amerikanismus' and responses to the USA in German culture; the cinema of the Weimar Republic; the literature of the anti-fascist exile; the literature and film of the German Democratic Republic. I would welcome expressions of interest from any potential postgraduate students with research interests in any of these areas.


  • –present
    Head of School (Modern Languages), Royal Holloway