I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. I have taught a wide range of classes, from cultural studies courses at the European University Viadrina as a visiting instructor, to the German language sequence at the University of Minnesota, as well as TAing for literature, history and film courses. Current Research: What is the relationship between the many and media? An often-explored line of inquiry to this question is tracing how media shapes consciousness, both on an individual as well as communal, structural level. In Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, he argues that it is to a large extent newspapers which first allowed individuals to imagine themselves as part of a new kind of collective, namely a nation, connected to other individuals they have and will never meet through a shared temporal and linguistic fabric. But do the many shape media? Is there, as Walter Benjamin suggests in “The Author as Producer,” a collective dissatisfaction with current media and an anticipation of medias to come? My dissertation examines the mutually constituting relationship of many/media in eras of extreme social and media plasticity, namely at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century, in the hopes of arriving at both a better understanding of our own moment of social and media instability and change as well as to recover forgotten potentialities and imaginings of the many. Previous Research: My previous research focuses on the economic underpinnings on the legal-constitutional writings of the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School is often accused of a narrow, overly theoretical approach, one which is interested exclusively in the “cultural” (culture here understood in the sense of an elitist “high culture”) at the expense of a more grounded, historical materialist understanding of society. By emphasizing the collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of the Frankfurt School while highlighting the pervasive material concerns of lesser-known theorists such as Franz Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer, I hope to work to dispel this myth of the ungroundness of Critical Theory.