Englisches Seminar

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, Gero, PD Dr.


gero.bauerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Victorian, Modernist, and Contemporary Literature
  • Film and TV series
  • Ecocriticism and New Materialism

Bauer, Matthias, Dr., Prof.


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.


michael.butterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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

Franke, Astrid, Dr., Prof.


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.


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.


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.


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

Academic Fields
  • Early Modern Literature (especially with reference to gender/sexuality)
  • Literature by Women Writers
  • Queer Literature/Literature and Gender
  • New Materialism and Literature
  • As a rule, I do not supervise theses in the field of American Studies

Klaiber, Isabell, Dr.


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.


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.


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.


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


Beck, Sigrid, Dr., Prof.


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.


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.


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.


andreas.konietzkospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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

Menéndez Benito, Paula, Dr.


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

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

Weber, Andrea, Dr., Prof.


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.


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 


Küchler, Uwe, Dr., Prof.


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.


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

Dengel-Janic, Ellen, Dr.


ellen.dengel-janicspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields

  • Gender and Narrative
  • British Theatre Culture
  • British Film and Television
  • Indian Literature in English
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Heise-von der Lippe, Anya, Dr.


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

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

Luther, Katharina


katharina.lutherspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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

McColl, Robert, Dr.


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.


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.


raphael.zaehringerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Fields
  • Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Weird Fiction
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Crisis Narratives
  • Space and Maps in Literature and Culture
  • Graphic Narrative


Berezovskaya, Polina, Dr.


polina.berezovskayaspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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


Hofstetter, Stefan, Dr.


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.