I have published on twentieth century German prose literature and drama, with special emphasis on theories of comedy, materiality and the built environment, pop and consumer culture, memory and identity in global consumer capitalism. Much of my recent work has been concerned with the ways in which material objects are deployed in the German cultural imaginary, as a means of exploring identities in change and transition, particularly in the wake of World War Two and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. My most recent project focuses on concepts of happiness and well-being and I am currently developing and exploring the ways in which these concepts might inform my practice as a teacher, researcher and as a member of communities both inside academia and beyond. Thus, in my teaching I am currently exploring the role of empathy in the teaching of contemporary literature and culture. My most recent research project draws on performative concepts of happiness and well-being (e.g Ahmed/ Colebrook), engaging critically with a dominant Western 'happiness industry' and asking in what ways and to what ends are constructs of happiness circulated and deployed in contemporary German literature.