I am a critical theorist and feminist philosopher, writing about property, social change, and sometimes even life and death.
I grew up on a small farm in Northern Germany and still appreciate rural life. I studied philosophy, history, and literature in many places (Kiel, Tübingen, Cambridge, Potsdam) and then worked at Humboldt-University from 2009 to 2019. I also spent one semester in Cambridge (as visiting PhD student) and one in New York (as Heuss lecturer at the New School for Social Research).
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 being translated into French, Korean, Spanish, and Greek.
At the moment, I live in Northern Italy where I hold a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-fellowship at the University of Verona. My research project, PhantomAiD, investigates the connection between possessive individualism and authoritarianism.
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.