After completing my BA in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, where I concentrated on German and English literature, I spent three years in Germany. The majority of my time was spent in Berlin, but I also lived in Düsseldorf and Bonn for a few months. As an exchange student, I studied at the Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin. From 2003 until 2004, I spent one year as a Fulbright TA teaching English at the Werner-von-Siemens Gymnasium in Zehlendorf. Afterwards I received a scholarship from the Study Foundation of the Berlin Parliament which allowed me to conduct a qualitative analysis of the leftist skinhead scene in Berlin/Brandenburg. During my three years in Germany, I also gained some professional experience during two internships: one with the Ebersbach publication house in Berlin and one working as a translator with the Deutsche Welle in Bonn. In 2005, I continued my studies at the University of California at Berkeley where I received my MA in 2006 and my PhD in 2011. In fall 2011, I joined the faculty of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.