has been Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Philology at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich since 2004. She is a visiting professor at various institutions: Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin, EHESS in Paris, NYU, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago. Currently she is a fellow at the IFK in Vienna. Last publications: "Die Blumen der Mode: Klassische und neue Texte zur Philosophie der Mode" (The Flowers of Fashion: Classical and Modern Texts on the Philosophy of Fashion) (2016), "Angezogen: Das Geheimnis der Mode" (Dressed: The Secret of Fashion) (2013), as well as regular contributions to the ZEIT, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a member of the television discussion show Buchzeit on 3SAT.