I am professor of Digital Philology and Modern German Literary Studies at the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt. I run the fortext lab, which conducts research in the field of Digital Humanities with a special interest in Computational Literary Studies and Computational Narratology. Moreover, I am the chair of the Association for Digital Humanities in the German-Speaking Area (DHd) and a co-editor of the open-access journal Journal of Computational Literary Studies (JCLS) as well as the German and English book series Digitale Literaturwissenschaft (Metzler).
My research interest lies in manual annotation, narratological analysis, and particularly in the segmentation of texts, methodological questions of automation and the automatability of literary text analysis, as well as the operationalization of approaches from the humanities.
In addition to our work in research projects, I provide two established services to numerous users in the Digital Humanities with my lab: the collaborative annotation software CATMA, developed since 2008, and the fortext.net portal (in German), which offers a low-threshold introduction to methods and tools of the Digital Humanities.
1999-2004: Studies of German Philology, Computer Science, and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg and the Istituto Orientale in Naples, graduation with a thesis on machine-readable lexicons.
2004-2006: Mediator training and work at a mediation institute. Subsequently, part-time coach and organizational consultant in the non-profit sector until 2011.
2006-2019: Research associate at the Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology and at the Institute of German Studies at the University of Hamburg, project as principle investigator in a cross-university research consortium starting in 2017. Also, birth of my children (2009, 2015), completion of my Ph.D. with a dissertation on the narrative structure of conflict narratives (published in 2015 in the Narratologia series by De Gruyter), and guest professership for Digital Philology at the University of Würzburg in the summer term of 2018.
Since summer term 2019 professorship for Digital Philology at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Lab: fortext lab