Work Experience

Vice Provost for Academic Policies and Governance
, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (since 05/2018)

Associate Dean of Humanities,
New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (09/2015-08/2015)

History Program Head,
New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (02/2013-08/2015)

History Program Point Person,
New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (Fall 2012)

Associate Professor
, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (since 01/2012)

Research Fellow
, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. (08/2009-12/2011)

  • Co-director of the research project and digital archive “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany” (, with Maria Höhn, Vassar College)
  • Co-director of the research project and digital archive “The Nuclear Crisis: Transatlantic Peace Politics, Rearmament, and the Second Cold War” (, with Philipp Gassert, University of Augsburg)
  • Coordinator of the research focus “African Americans and Germans/Germany”
  • Coordinator of the Bosch Foundation Archival Seminar for Young Historians “America in Transatlantic Perspective”


Visiting Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. (08/2007-07/2009)

  • Pursuing postdoctoral research project entitled “The African-American Civil Rights Struggle and Germany, 1945-1989”


Coordinator, Project Innovation Fond FRONTIER (05/2008-05/2010)

  • Coordinating an interdisciplinary research team exploring semantic structures in political communication through automatic text analysis as part of the federal initiative for academic excellence at the University of Heidelberg


Coordinator & Scientist-in-Charge, EU Marie Curie Project (05/2006-05/2010)

  • Coordinating the Conference and Training Series, “European Protest Movements Since the End of the Cold War: The Rise of a (Trans-)national Civil Society and the Transformation of the Public Sphere” supported by the European Union as part of the Marie Curie Activities and “Promotion of Scientific Excellence” program


Research Fellow, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), University of Heidelberg (09/2004-08/2011)


Adjunct Lecturer, History Department, Rutgers University, NJ (01/2006-12/2006)


VW Research Fellow, History Department, University of Heidelberg (09/2002-12/2005)

  • Working in a research project sponsored by the VW foundation entitled “The Other Within Us: Collective Identities, Intercultural Relations, and Political Protest in West Germany and the U.S. During the 1960s and 1970s”
  • Coordinating an oral history project on the 1960/70s in U.S. and West Germany in cooperation with Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS)


Research Assistant, Language Center, University of Goettingen (10/2000-03/2001)

  • Creating teaching material for the language classroom and taking part in the organization of a conference on “Second Language Teaching at University” in March 2000


Research Assistant, German Department., Amherst College, Amherst (02/2000-04/2000)

  • Researching and categorizing primary documents for a research project on the perception of Africans and the importance of the former German colonies during the Republic of Weimar