After studying Theatre Arts, German and Judaic Studies at the Free University Berlin, I received my MA (1992) and PhD (1997) from Cornell University.
From 1995-1998 I was Research Associate at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam, where I co-coordinated the Holocaust video testimony project Archiv der Erinnerung (Archive of Memory) in conjunction with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. From 1998-2000, I was Research Associate and Director of Research and Educational Programmes at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at Sussex University, before joining the University of Manchester in 2000.
I sit on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Leo Baeck Institute London and on the Leo Baeck Fellowships Selection Committee, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. I am co-editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book (Oxford Journals), which has been the pre-eminent journal for the study of German-Jewish history and culture since 1955. Visiting Fellowships I have held include the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow in Leipzig, Humboldt University Berlin, and the University of Haifa.