I studied American Studies, Journalism, and Political Science at the University of Leipzig and graduated in 2008. In my Magister thesis, I looked at "Fistfighting in Film: The Boxing Movie as an Ideological Spectacle and Its Deconstruction of Gender, Ethnicities and Class Identities." My (academic) interests include (American) literature, film, food, potatology, violence and power, freedom of speech, organized crime, poverty and the poor. Currently, I work on a dissertation project about popular images of poverty and attitudes and emotions toward the poor. I also work part-time at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Leipzig. Next to that, I like to watch movies, read, play Frisbee, and write (short) stories.