Dr. phil. habil. (Konstanz/ Jena), Ph. D. (Yale), since 2004 Professor of General Literature and Romance Philology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, previously chair of Romance Studies in Hamburg and Zurich. Visiting professor at HU and FU Berlin, EHESS Paris, NYU New York, Johns Hopkins and University of Chicago amongst others. She is recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Order of Merit Pro meritis scientiae et litterarum of the State of Bavaria.