I am a dual citizen of both the United States and Germany, where I was born. I came to the US permanently in 2005 and started a PhD program in American Western History and Public History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My dissertation blended my research interests in the American West with my European roots and has defined my scholarly activities. I graduated in 2012 and my family moved to Wyoming, where I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming, and also as a museum curator, project manager, and English instructor.
We love the mountains and high plains with its wide open spaces. Hiking, backpacking, camping, and attempting to cook various culinary treats at 7,200 feet are among my favorite pastime activities. My two children were born in Wyoming, and we will always consider it home.
However, in 2016 my husband was called on a year-long deployment with the National Guard, whereupon I decided to spend the year in Germany. We moved to be near my parents, and my daughter started school there. In order to keep busy, I took a job teaching English at a High School, which I enjoyed immensely. Being back in the classroom felt so good! I hadn’t lived in Germany for over ten years, and I’m not quite German enough anymore to blend in seamlessly. Returning home with an outsider’s perspective can be a startling and very eye-opening experience!
After my husband’s return from Afghanistan, we moved to Maine, where we both accepted positions with Acadia National Park. I’m currently a seasonal Park Ranger in the Interpretation Division, and I enjoy the direct contact with thousands of visitors and the many opportunities to educate a very diverse audience. Compared to the National Parks in the West, Acadia is small, but it is ecologically diverse. I’m learning from colleagues and visitors about marine ecology, ornithology, frogs and dragonflies, and even lobstering! Many international visitors stop by every day, and I especially enjoy being able to give information in German, French, or Italian.
While in the off-season, I have been working on a novel that is set in Acadia National Park. I’m planning to have it finished before the beginning of the 2018 season, and published soon after. Stay tuned!
- PhD in American History from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012. Areas of emphasis: Transnational History, the American West, Public History, Colonial America
- Erstes Staatsexamen, University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2006. Gymnasiales Lehramt, Englisch und Geschichte