I was a Visiting Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Angestellte) in the American Studies Department at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, specializing in American religious and cultural history, from 2016 to 2017. In July 2016 I defended my dissertation on the reception of John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments (“The Book of Martyrs”) in the United States. Combining religious history with literary criticism, my thesis examined how Foxean discourses of martyrdom shaped eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American culture. I delineated traces of the Actes and Monuments in a variety of material – sermons, letters, pamphlets, periodicals, and books. My project aimed to contribute to scholarly discourses such as the history of the book, transatlantic print culture, and the genre of martyrological literature. My primary supervisor was Prof. Jan Stievermann. My book John Foxe in America: Discourses of Martyrdom in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century United States was publishes by Ferdinand Schöningh in 2017.
From October through December 2015 I was the Karl Schlecht Fellow at the Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale Divinity School. I have taught at the Universities of Kassel and Heidelberg and was a Regional Contributing Editor for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s online journal Uncommon Sense from 2014 through 2016. In addition, I have presented my work at a number of conferences in Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. My work has been honored by various awards and fellowships, among them the Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, the McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States from the Bibliographical Society of America, and the OIEAHC’s Lapidus Award.