I am an early modern historian working on material culture and cultural encounters in the early modern period. My current research examines, among others, the history of early modern hair and feather-working. I explore new methodological trajectories and heuristic tools in material culture studies such as the usage of digital microscopes, remaking experiments, and historians’ collaboration with artisans and artists. In 2019, I was awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for the event 'Microscopic Records: The New Interdisciplinarity of Early Modern Studies, c. 1400–1800'.
Before starting as a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester in September 2018, I held a postdoctoral position as a Swiss National Science Foundation/ Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Associate in Early Modern European Object History at the University of Cambridge (2016-2018). In Cambridge, I have also been a Research Associate at St John's College. I received the PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin (summa cum laude) after having been enrolled at the Dahlem Research School's doctoral degree programme 'History and Cultural Studies'. After finishing my PhD, which won the Friedrich Meinecke Prize, I was a Herzog Ernst Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Centre Gotha, University of Erfurt, in 2015.
Born and raised in Erfurt, I have studied History and various minor subjects at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Università Ca'Fosari Venice, and the Warburg Institute London. During these years, I was also an intern, undergraduate research assistant, and freelancer at the Freie Universität Berlin's Faculty of History, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library Weimar, and the German Historical Institutes in Rome and London.