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Research overview

I started in St Andrews in 2017, having previously taught at Newcastle University, University College London, and Worcester College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. My research interests are:

  • post-war and contemporary German literature and culture
  • music (classical and popular, especially electronic) in German culture
  • German film and television
  • gender and queer studies
  • decolonial approaches to teaching and research
  • the culture of East Germany

I am happy to discuss supervision of doctoral work on any of these areas.

My current project explores queer of colour perspectives on Germany’s club scene from the late 1980s. I am working with a range of sources, from electronic music, photography and club promotional material to magazines, literature and film. The first stage of the project was funded by a Research Incentive Grant from the Carnegie Trust, entitled Afrogermanic? Cultural Exchange and Racial Difference in the Aesthetic Products of the Early Techno Scenes in Detroit and Berlin. I was selected as one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers in 2019. I presented some of my work on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking and The Essay – listen here to my piece on race in techno's origins in Detroit and Berlin.

With Nicola Thomas, Rey Conquer and Richard McClelland, I co-founded an online resource dedicated to diversity and decolonising in German Studies called EGS - towards an Equitable German Studies. It features a bibliography of texts and films, and a blog. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute!

My book, Comrades in Arms: Military Masculinities in East German Culture, appeared in February 2020 with Berghahn Books, and is available to download as an open-access e-book. I presented some of my ideas from the book as an Essay on BBC Radio 3 – listen to it on BBC web site.

Profile Keywords

Contemporary German film, TV and literature; East Germany; music in German culture; masculinities; queer studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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