1988 Habilitation, University of Mainz; 1978 PhD (English and American Studies, Philosophy), University of Mainz; 1972 State Examination in English and German, University of Mainz.
2014- Adjunct Professor of American Studies, University of Mainz; 1999-2013 Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Würzburg; 1973-1999 Lecturer in American, English, and Irish Studies, University of Mainz; 1992-1993 Visiting Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Activities in Professional Organizations and Journals
2014- Steering Group Member of the European Network of Short Fiction Research (ENSFR); 2008- Member of the Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Würzburg; 2012-2013 Dean of Studies, Philosophische Fakultät, University of Würzburg; 1997-2010 Treasurer and Member of the Executive Board of the German Association for the Study of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband).
2020- Member of the Editorial Board and Reviewer for Studies in the American Short Story. Reviewer for: ISLE: International Studies in Ecology and Literature (2019-); PMLA (2019-); Estudios Irlandeses (2018-); Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate (2017-); American Literary History (2016-); Journal of the Short Story in English / Cahiers de la Nouvelle (2014-);. Amerikastudien / American Studies (1997-2002).