I am a physician and literary scholar. In addition to my medical degree, I earned a Ph.D. in German studies and feminist theory and research from the University of California, Davis. Previously, I have practiced as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the University Hospitals of Ulm and Tübingen, Germany.
My current research critically assesses questions relating to medicine and healthcare in contemporary culture and falls under the umbrella of the medical humanities. I engage with representations of chronic illnesses in contemporary German life writing and visual arts (photography, documentary film, comic). Drawing on methods from the humanities, my project examines the ways in which these representations reinforce and challenge norms and assumptions of femininity and illness. It seeks to reflect on the ways we think about chronic illness, and to use autobiographical narratives to sharpen our thinking about health care more generally.
Other research interests include narrative medicine, health care ethics, and German life writing and literature more generally. My edited volume Contested Selves: Life Writing and German Culture (together with Elisabeth Krimmer) has been published with Camden House in 2021.