I have taught at Manchester University since 1990, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998, and to Professor in 2006. I was Director of Graduate Studies in the former Faculty of Arts (1998-2001), and have continued to be centrally involved in postgraduate teaching and supervision. I am on the editorial board of the leading UK journal in German Studies, German Life and Letters, and regularly review articles for other journals (The German Quarterly, Seminar, Gegenwartsliteratur). I was a founder member of Women in German Studies and organised its 10th anniversary conference in Manchester in 1998, and I have been actively involved in the Internationale Verein für Germanistik (attending its conferences in Vancouver 1995, Vienna 2000, Paris 2005 and Warsaw 2010). In Vienna 2000 I co-chaired the panel Geschlechtsforschung und Literaturwissenschaft. From 2006-2008 I was co-director of the AHRC-funded Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Network in Manchester. From 2012-2015 I was Germanic Studies representative on the Executive Committee of the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML), and I was President of the Association for German Studies in the UK and Ireland (AGS) from 2017-2020.
President, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland7 Sep 2017
→ 7 Sep 2020
Vice-President , Association for German Studies in Great Britain and IrelandApr 2014
→ Sep 2017
Editor, German Life and LettersNov 1997