I am a critical theorist and feminist philosopher, writing about revolution, property, normativity, and sometimes even life and death.
At the moment, I am in Northern Italy, where I hold a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-fellowship at the University of Verona. In my research project PhantomAiD, I investigate neo-fascist mobilization in order to rethink “classic” accounts of authoritarian character formation.
I grew up on a small farm in Northern Germany. I studied philosophy, history, and literature in many places (Kiel, Tübingen, Cambridge, Potsdam) and then worked at Humboldt-University from 2009 to 2019, as research associate for Rahel Jaeggi’s chair. While based in Berlin, I pursued my PhD and later started my postdoc research on property and propertization. I also spent one semester in Cambridge (as Raymond Geuss’ visiting PhD student) and one in New York (as Heuss lecturer at the New School for Social Research). I have taught twelve different philosophy classes and helped found the Berlin Center for Humanities and Social Change, of which I acted as deputy director in 2018/19.
In 2019/20, I took a break from academic life and worked as freelance writer and speaker. My general audience book Revolution für das Leben came out with S.Fischer in September 2020. It was critically acclaimed as “the new bible of intellectual resistance” and is forthcoming in French and Korean translations in 2021.
Praxis und Revolution, the book based on my PhD, appeared in German in 2018; an English translation is due this August with Columbia University Press. My current work on the genealogy of property builds on an article that I published in Critical Times in 2020: “Ownership’s Shadow“. I also enjoy writing literary essays, like this “Brief aus dem Wald” in the March issue of Le Monde diplomatique.