Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien


Managing Director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (ZtG) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) since 2003; at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women's Studies (ZiF) at HU since 1991; co-initiator of the Gender Studies Master's program at HU, established in 1997.

1988 Doctorate with a thesis on Goethe's reception of antiquity in the drama "Pandora".

1986-1991 Research assistant in the Department of German Studies at Humboldt-Universität (teaching and research focus: literature of the 18th/19th Century).

1978-1982 Studied German, English and Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU); graduated as a teacher of German and English, followed by doctoral studies (research studies)



Collaboration in the European network atgender and in the doctoral network intergender

Member and co-initiator of the Fachgesellschaft Geschlechterstudien [Expert Society of Gender Studies]

Member and co-initiator of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschungseinrichtungen Berliner Hochschulen (afg) [Association of Women's and Gender Research Institutes at Berlin Universities]

Co-initiator of the Konferenz der Einrichtungen für Frauen- und Geschlechterstudien im deutschsprachigen Raum (KEG) [Conference of Institutions for Women's and Gender Studies in German-speaking Countries] and long-standing speaker of the KEG

Member of the University Senate and Academic Council of HU as well as the Commission for the Advancement of Women of HU

Member of the Faculty Council of the KSBF [Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of HU]

Member of the Überparteiliche Fraueninitiative Berlin [Non-partisan Women's Initiative Berlin]

Co-founder and editorial member of the open access journal Open Gender Journal


Scientific Focus of Work:

History of science and gender; science policy interventions to establish gender studies and gender equality policy

In my function as managing director, I promote scientific communication structures between scientists of different disciplines, support their initiatives and try to promote the further establishment of gender studies through scientific-political commitment.

Initiating and organizing the academic events of the ZtG, especially colloquia and (international) conferences, is one of my main tasks.

I am responsible for the publication of Bulletin-Texts and the newsletter Bulletin-Info, which was replaced by the Gender Blog in 2019, as well as for other publications of the ZtG.

Furthermore, it is important to me to provide young researchers with individual advice and assistance in applying for research funds and in planning their careers in the field of Gender Studies.