University of St. Gallen
English Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Unterer Graben 21
9000 St. Gallen


PhD in American Studies, Yale University, December 2013

BA in English, Santa Clara University, 2006 (magna cum laude)

Academic Employment

Assistant Professor (Assistenzprofessor) of American Studies, Co-Coordinator of “Technologies” concentration, University of St. Gallen, 2016—present

Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiter, Hochdeputatsstelle), Institute for English and American Studies, Frankfurt University, 2013—2015

Research Associate and Web Editor, The Digital Portal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich University, March 2013—September 2013

Teaching Fellow and Part-Time Acting Instructor, Yale College, 2010—2012

Teaching Assistant, Santa Clara University and West Valley College, 2003—2006

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

Aspiring Leader, nominated and selected by the Organizing Committee of the 48th St Gallen Symposium, 2018

Academic GIFs, Vice President’s Board of Research and Faculty, University of St Gallen, 2018

Finalist (2nd place), International Junior Research Group Grant, Elite Network of Bavaria, 2014

Article of the Year, German Association for American Studies, 2013

Travel Grant, Austrian Association for American Studies, 2013

University Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University, 2012

Travel Grant, Modern Language Association of America, 2012

Fellow, Yale College Seminar Program, Silliman College, Yale University, 2012

Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University, 2007—2011

International Language Fellowship, Summer Language Institute, Yale University, 2010

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2008

Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined), 2007

Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University, 2006

Monographs, Edited Volumes & Book Chapters

“Dreaming with the Negative: Apocalypse, Science Fiction, and American Culture, 1945—2001.” Michigan: University Manuscripts International, 2014.  (equivalent to European dissertation publication)

“Un-American Dreams: Apocalyptic Science Fiction and Bad Hope in the American Century,” book manuscript under review

“Mythologies of Automation,” book manuscript in progress

(with Sixta Quassdorf), eds., Work: The Labors of Language, Culture, and History in North America, forthcoming 2021

“The Barbarism of the Dialectic: Antagonizing Bruno Latour,” in Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field, under review

“Are Orcs Racist? Genre, Racecraft, and Bright,” in SPELL 38: The Genres of Genre, forthcoming 2019

Sleep Dealer, or, Tijuana, Ciudad del Futuro.” In Fantastic American Cities, edited by Stefan Brandt and Michael Fuchs. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2019

“Liken/Kritik,” in Nach der Revolution: Ein Brevier digitaler Kulturen (Liking/Critique, in After the Revolution: A Guide to Digital Cultures), eds. Timon Beyes, Claus Pias, and Jörg Metelmann (Hamburg: Edition Speersort, 2017).

“Green Futures; or, How to Enjoy Eco-Apocalypse.” In America After Nature, edited by Catrin Gersdorf and Juliana Braun. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016.

“Contemporary Cultures of Privacy; or, Rethinking ‘Privacy Panic’: Shopping, Sexting, Surveillance, Copyright.” In Cultures of Privacy, edited by Karsten Fitz and Bärbel Harju. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015.

Journal Articles, Reviews & Public Writing

The Cynicism of Liking,” Medium, April 19, 2018

Looking Back at #OscarsSoWhite,” Medium, March, 2018

“Marx vs. the Robots.” In “Marx and the United States,” edited by Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich and Marlon Lieber. Special issue, Amerikastudien/ American Studies 62, no. 4 (2017): 619-32.

Review of Repeating Žižek, edited by Agon Hamza. ID: International Dialogue 6 (2016).

“Donald Trump and Anti-Mexican Ideology,” HSG Focus, March 2016

“From Anti-Abundance to Anti-Anti-Abundance: Scarcity, Abundance, and Utopia in Two Science Fiction Writers.” In “The Imagination of Limits: Exploring Scarcity and Abundance,” edited by Frederike Felcht and Katie Ritson. Special issue, RCC [Rachel Carson Center] Perspectives no. 2 (2015): 83-90.

“The Ghosts of Radicalisms Past: Allen Ginsberg’s Old Left Nightmares.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 69, no.1 (2013): 47-71.

“Marcuse Among the Technocrats: America, Automation, and Postcapitalist Utopias, 1900-1941.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 57, no.1 (2012): 31-50. (Article of the Year, 2013).

“Žižek’s Apocalypse: The End of the World or the End of Capitalism?” Review of Living in the End Times, by Slavoj Žižek. Theory and Event 13, no. 4 (2010).

“Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Herbert Marcuse and the Politics of Death.” Cultural Logic 11 (2008).

Multimedia Library, The Environment & Society Portal, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Invited Lectures, Colloquiums & Departmental Talks

“What is Automation? A Cultural History of the Present in Six Technologies,” St Gallen Public Lecture Series, Nov.-Dec., 2018

“The Tweeting President,” Gießen University, Germany, July 4, 2018

“Three Futures of Work,” Spring Kickoff Days, St Gallen, February 2018

“Labor, Jobs, Work,” 48th St Gallen Organizing Committee, 2018

“Playing with the End of the World: The Last of Us and Post-Apocalyptic Gaming,” University of Vienna, Nov. 9, 2017

“There is no such thing as the ‘rise of the robots’: Automation and the Future of Work,” Fall Kickoff Days, St Gallen, September, 2017

“Post-Postcritique,” JKF Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin, April 26, 2017

“Robots, Knowledge, Class Power,” School of Humanities and Social Sciences, St Gallen, May 2, 2016

“Lowriders and Chicano/a Culture,” Leipzig University Institute of American Studies, Nov. 20, 2015

“In Defense of Science Fiction,” Göttingen University Department of North American Studies, June 16, 2015

“Of Balloonheads, Tentacles, and Paws: Toward a Cultural History of Hands.” Goethe University, Frankfurt, American Studies Research Colloquium, May 12, 2015

“Science Fiction and Genre Studies.” Goethe University, Frankfurt, Current Research in American Studies MA Colloquium, Nov. 18, 2014

“Citizens of New Haven: The Elm City ID Card and Subnational Citizenship.” Plenary lecture, New England American Studies Association annual meeting, Yale University, 2008

Organized & Chaired Panels

“Genres of ‘Race’: Science Fiction and Racecraft,” Swiss Association for North American Studies, Lausanne, Nov., 2018 (with Christine Vogt-William and Bryan Banker)

“Representing Social Struggles: Riots and Racialized Violence in Visual Media,” British Association for American Studies, King’s College, London, 2018 (with Luvena Kopp and Marlon Lieber)

“Did Someone Say Dialectic?”, Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field, Bremen University, February 9-11, 2017 (with Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich and Marlon Lieber)

“New Italians or Criminal Aliens? The Contradictions of Latinos/as, Rights, and Race in the United States,” German Association for American Studies annual meeting, Osnabrück, May 19-22, 2016 (with Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez)

“Translation and Adaptation.” Worlds Out-Of-Joint: Re-Imagining Philip K. Dick, TU Dortmund, 2012

Conference Papers

“Vatos in Space,” 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), San Jose, California, August 2018

“The Criticism of Arms: On Punching Nazis,” British Association for American Studies, King’s College, London, 2018

“Negating Latour,” Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field, Bremen University, February 9-11, 2017

“#NotYourMule: The 2016 Oscars in Black, White, and Brown,” Swiss Association for North American Studies, Bern, Nov. 4-5, 2016

“Theorizing the Police After Ferguson,” Black America and the Police, Bamberg University, October 20-23, 2016

“From Woking to New York; or, American Wars: A Very Brief Cultural History of War of the Worlds in North American Translation,” HG Wells Society, Woking, July 8-10, 2016

“An-Other Europe, the Other of Europe: Children of Men and the ‘Infinite Task’ of Hospitality,” MLA International Symposium, Düsseldorf University, June 23-25, 2016

“Sexting, Surveillance, and the Right to Privacy,” German Association for American Studies, Osnabrück, May 19-22, 2016

“Do Black and Brown Lives Matter? Thinking Contemporary Chicano/a-Black Relations in California with Stuart Hall.” Wrestling with the Angels: Exploring Stuart Hall’s Theoretical Legacy, TU Dortmund University, February 25-27, 2016

“Confessions of a ‘White’ Chicano: On the Bipolarity of Race in German American Studies.” Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Ethnic Diversity, “Race” and Racism in American Studies in Germany, Tübingen University, Jan. 17-19, 2016

“Urban Eschatology: Eight Theses on the Cinematic Death of the American City.” Austrian Association for American Studies, Graz University, 2014

“Anti-Anti-Abundance; or, Scarcity and Abundance in American Science Fiction Since 1945.” Scarcity and Environment in History and Literature, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, 2014

“Green Futures: Toward a Postnational Ecology.” German Association for American Studies annual meeting, Würzburg University, 2014

“Utopia versus Apocalypse; or, Negative Utopia: Towards a Genre History and Poetics.” Austrian Association for American Studies annual meeting, University of Salzburg, 2013

“From Popular Culture to Cultural Commodities.” Unpopular Culture, Amerika-Haus, Munich, 2013

“The Garden at the End of the World: The Politics of Post-Apocalyptic Pastoralism in Cold War Science Fiction.” German Association for American Studies annual meeting, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2013

“Cultures of Privacy; or, Five Figures: Gibson, Kindle, Boston, Pirate Bay, Sext.” The Aesthetics of Privacy: Reading and Writing Under Conditions of Modernity, Venice International University, 2013

“The Paranoia of Globalization: Notes on Carl Freedman’s ‘A Theory of Paranoia.’” Worlds Out-Of-Joint, TU Dortmund, 2012

“Radical Homelessness: Octavia Butler, Speculative Fiction, and the Post-National Imagination.” Modern Language Association of America annual meeting, Seattle, 2012

“The End of Utopia: Rethinking Technology and Utopia in the Age of Empire.” International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

“Nietzsche’s Laughter: Nihilism, Posthumanism, Avatars.” Yale Media Theory and History Conference, Yale University, 2011

“Shadows of the Multitude: Zombies, Horror, Globalization.” Northeast Modern Language Association annual meeting, Rutgers University, 2011


St Gallen
“Playing with the End of the World: The Last of Us and Apocalyptic Culture” (BA seminar, Media concentration), “The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in the American Imagination” (MA seminar, Technologies concentration), “Futures of Science and Technology in American Science Fiction” (BA seminar, Technologies concentration), “Pattern Recognition” (MA seminar), “Society of Surveillance” (MA seminar), “Robots and the End of Work” (BA), “Distraction” (BA), “Social Media and US Society” (MA)

Frankfurt, 2012—2015
“Green Futures: Imagining Climate Change” (MA seminar); “Jameson’s Postmodernism” (MA seminar); “Religion in Modern America” (MA seminar); “Apocalyptic Narratives” (MA and BA seminar); “The Frankfurt School in America: Herbert Marcuse” (MA seminar); “The Shakespeare of Science Fiction: Philip K. Dick” (MA seminar); “Introduction to Literary Studies” (BA seminar); “Science Fiction” (BA seminar); “The Walking Dead: A Cultural History of Zombies” (BA seminar); “Utopia/Dystopia” (BA seminar); “The Beat Generation” (BA seminar); “Atomic America” (BA seminar).

Yale, 2010—2012
“Technocultures” (instructor; funded by the Yale College Seminar Program); “Religion in Modern America, 1865-2000” (teaching assistant for Kathryn Lofton); “The American Novel Since 1945” (teaching assistant for Amy Hungerford); “Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald” (teaching assistant for Wai Chee Dimock); “Information, Communication, and Knowledge Work” (teaching assistant for Michael Denning)

Santa Clara University, 2006
“Writing with New Media”; “The Politics of Information” (teaching assistant for Marc Bousquet)

West Valley College, 2004—2006
“Introduction to Philosophy,” “Logic and Critical Reasoning,” “Introduction to Ethics” (teaching assistant for Sandra LaFave); “Social and Political Philosophy,” “World Philosophers on Death” (teaching assistant for D.J. Ciraulo)

Academic Service

Co-coordinator, “Technology” Concentration, Contextual Studies Reform, St Gallen, 2017–present

Faculty Search Committee for Four Professorships in Computer Science, St Gallen, 2018

Faculty Working Group for Professor of Media and Digitization, St Gallen, 2016

Project Assistant, Initiative on Labor and Culture, Yale University, 2009

Co-organizer of the lecture series “Remapping Cultural Studies” and “Workers of the World,” Yale University, 2009

Manuscript referee: Palgrave Macmillan, European Journal of American Studies, History of the Human Sciences, Humanities

Supervised Projects

Bryan Banker, “The Black Hegelians,” Doctoral Thesis, Munich University, 2016–2018  (committee member)

Guillaume Gauthier, “Basic Income in Switzerland: A Policy Proposal,” BA thesis, St Gallen, 2017–2018

Joanna Tan, “Corporate Political Activism: Towards a New Concept,” BA thesis, St Gallen, 2018

Peter Götz, “Proposal for a Universal Basic Income to Mitigate Rising Income Inequality,” BA thesis, St Gallen, 2018

Lara Reisinger, “Management, Rising Tuition, and the American University,” BA Thesis, Frankfurt University, 2016

Teresa Görtz, “Struggles for Existence in El Modena: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Pacific Edge,” BA Thesis, Frankfurt University, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Swiss Association for North American Studies

Swiss Association of University Teachers of English

Modern Language Association of America

German Association for American Studies

HG Wells Society

Yale Media Studies Collective (2011—2012)

Last updated: November 2018