Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Thesis Supervision

The English Department offers its students a wide selection of highly qualified thesis supervisors. In order to facilitate the task of finding the correct lecturer for a topic, students may refer to the lists below. Each lecturer eligible for thesis supervision is listed with their respective fields of expertise, sorted by degree scheme and overall thematic orientation.

Pleass note staff members with a PhD (Assistant/Associate/Adjunct Professors) can act as supervisors, but their capacities are limited to just a few theses per semester.

BA/BEd and MA/MEd Supervision

Literary and Cultural Studies

Bauer, Matthias, Dr., Prof.

Contact

m.bauerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Literature from 1550-1900
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • Poetry (medieval to present day)
  • Literature and Religion

Butter, Michael, Dr., Prof.

Contact

michael.butterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Film
  • TV Shows
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • American Literature
  • American Culture

Franke, Astrid, Dr., Prof.

Contact

astrid.frankespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • American Poetry and Prose
  • Popular Culture
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • American Pragmatism
  • (Im)migrant Literature 

Gijswijt, Thomas, Dr.

Contact

thomas.gijswijtspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II
  • U.S. Elections
  • Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War
  • The U.S. Presidency
  • The Beatles and America

Hirschfelder, Nicole, Dr.

Contact

nicole.hirschfelderspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Protest and Liberation Movements (The Civil Rights Movement, The Women's Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter, #metoo)
  • Oppression, Discrimination, Sexism, Racism
  • African American and Women's Literature 19th Century until today
  • Religion(s) in the United States
  • 19th Century Landscape Paintings

Hotz-Davies, Ingrid, Dr., Prof.

Contact

ingrid.hotz-daviesspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Early Modern Literature (especially with reference to gender/sexuality)
  • Literature by Women Writers
  • Queer Literature
  • New Materialism and Literature
  • Film and Gender/Queer
  • American Literature

Klaiber, Isabell, Dr.

Contact

isabell.klaiberspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • North American Indigenous Studies
  • African American and Women's Literatures since the 19th century
  • Narratology (incl. Digital Literary Studies)
  • American Drama

Reinfandt, Christoph, Dr., Prof.

Contact

christoph.reinfandtspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture (British and Irish, including popular culture)
  • Romanticism
  • Modernisms
  • Indian Literature in English
  • British Fiction since the 18th Century

West-Pavlov, Russell, Dr., Prof.

Contact

russell.west-pavlovspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • African, Australian, Caribbean Literature
  • Postcolonial and Global South Studies
  • New Materialism/New Animism/Transformations of Literary Theory
  • Translation Studies
  • Time and Space in Literature

Zirker, Angelika, Dr., Prof.

Contact

angelika.zirkerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Literature from 1550-1900
  • Digital Literary Studies
  • Children's Literature
  • Poetry (Medieval to Present Day)
  • Literature and Linguistics

Linguistics

Beck, Sigrid, Dr., Prof.

Contact

sekretariat-beckspam prevention@nphil.uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Compositional Semantics
  • Formal Pragmatics
  • Crosslinguistic Semantics
  • Syntax/Semantics Interface
  • Compositional Semantic Change

Featherston, Sam, Dr., Prof.

Contact

sam.featherstonspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Syntactic Structures
  • Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Comparison, Variation, and Change
  • Anything interesting; talk to me about it.

Griffiths, James, Jun.-Prof.

Contact

james.griffithsspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields

Synchronic, comparative formal linguistic research into:

  • Syntax
  • Morphology
  • Discourse Structure
  • Prosody
  • Microvariation in English (Dialects)

Konietzko, Andreas, Dr.

Contact

andreas.konietzkospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Syntax
  • Information Structure
  • Sentence Processing
  • Syntax-Semantics-Interface
  • Syntax-Pragmatics-Interface

Menéndez Benito, Paula, Dr.

Contact

paula.menendez-benitospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Semantics / Pragmatics
  • Quantification
  • Modality
  • (In)definiteness
  • Tense / Aspect.

Weber, Andrea, Dr., Prof.

Contact

andrea.weberspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Language Comprehension in L2
  • Foreign-accented Speech
  • Spoken-word Recognition in L1 and L2
  • Figurative Language Processing

Winkler, Susanne, Dr., Prof.

Contact

Secretary's Office

Academic Fields
  • Syntactic Accounts of Grammatical Phenomena
  • Information Structure and Prosody of Utterances in Discourse
  • The Syntax and Interpretation of Elliptical Structures and Gaps (including telegraphic speech, abbreviated messages, etc.)
  • Ambiguity in Language and First and Second Language Acquisition
  • The Syntax and Pragmatics of Public Discourse 

Fachdidaktik

Küchler, Uwe, Dr., Prof.

Contact

uwe.kuechlerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Teaching English & its Premises, Concepts, Methods or Relations to Other Disciplines
  • Intercultural and Multiple Literacies (including teaching with different media formats)
  • Teaching in the Context of Inclusive Education/ Heterogeneity/ Diversity/ Migration
  • Anthropocene, Climate Change and Environmental Issues in Language Teaching
  • The Language Skills (especially reading, writing)

BA/BEd Thesis Supervision Only

Literary and Cultural Studies

Baruah, Debarchana, Dr.

Contact

debarchana.baruahspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Im/migration
  • Food
  • Film and Television (Retro, Nostalgia, Seriality)
  • Memory (Post World War II Memory Cultures)
  • American City and the Suburb

Heise-von der Lippe, Anya, Dr.

Contact

anya.heise-von-der-lippespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Climate Change Literature
  • Gothic
  • Monsters and the Monstrous
  • Dystopias
  • Posthumanisms

Luther, Katharina

Contact

katharina.lutherspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Weather & Climate Fictions
  • The New Materialisms
  • Environmental Criticism
  • Philosophy of Science

McColl, Robert, Dr.

Contact

robert.mccollspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • British Romantic Literature (particularly poetry, particularly Byron and his circle)
  • Bob Dylan
  • First Wave Gothic Literature, 1760-1830
  • Poetry of the long 18th Century, 1660-1830
  • Shakespeare

Schinko, Carsten, Dr.

Contact

carsten.schinkospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • African American Literature
  • Intermediality
  • Class and Poverty
  • Humor in Literature and Culture
  • American Renaissance 

Zähringer, Raphael, Dr.

Contact

raphael.zaehringerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Weird Fiction
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Post-truth Studies
  • Space and Maps in Literature and Culture
  • Graphic Narrative

Linguistics

Berezovskaya, Polina, Dr.

Contact

polina.berezovskayaspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Compositional Semantics
  • Semantic Fieldwork
  • Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Degree Constructions

Fachdidaktik

Hofstetter, Stefan, Dr.

Contact

stefan.hofstetterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Field

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), including:

  • Teaching Vocabulary
  • Teaching Grammar
  • Teaching Pronunciation/Pronunciation Practice
  • Assessment and Evaluation at School
  • The TEFL-Linguistics Interface.