Fields of interest:

  • literature and cognitive science
  • empathy
  • narrative
  • German and European literature, philosophy, and culture since 1700
  • aesthetics
  • intellectual history of money
  • Goethe

Currently we focus on: narrative events, untold stories, affect, empathy, moral reasoning, side-taking, alibis and excuses (in legal and medical settings), violence, surprise, and aesthetics.

My research focusses on narratives and on empathy. In my lab, we study narratives and narrative thinking through a variety of methods, including serial reproduction.


  • Serial Reproduction
  • Empathy
  • Narrative Events

Area of expertise:

  • German


  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Literature
  • Modernism
  • Money
Past Affiliations
Biological Science, European Studies, European Studies, Literature, Cognitive Science
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, German Literature, 1997
MA, Johns Hopkins University, German Literature, 1993
BA, University of Hamburg, German Studies, 1991
editorial projects literary criticism german language or literature philosophy of language philosophical literature media arts aesthetics visual arts