Dr Rebecca Braun

Dr Rebecca Braun


Lancaster University

Job title

Lecturer in German Studies and AHRC Early Career Fellow




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Dr Rebecca Braun studied French and German at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. She completed her doctorate in German Literature in 2006, and the resulting monograph, ‘Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass', was published with Oxford University Press in 2008. She held temporary lectureships at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford (2003), New College, Oxford (2004, 2005), and the University of Manchester (2007) before taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Liverpool (2007-09). In 2010 Rebecca was appointed as Lecturer in German Studies at Lancaster University. Rebecca also has three young children, and occasionally translates literary and commercial texts.

Her research has been sponsored by a number of private and public foundations. In 2001-02 she was extraordinarily granted an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship by Oxford University's Thedor Heuss awarding committee (Humboldt fellowships are usually awarded post-doctorally) to finance a year's postgraduate research in Berlin. Her doctorate was subsequently funded by Oxford University's Scatcherd Scholarship. The Leverhulme fellowship in 2007-09 allowed her to begin work on her second monograph, Writing Life: The Making of the Author in Germany's Media Age, while an AHRC Fellowship is now enabling her to apply the research model she has developed to issues of authorship across the Western world. Funded from 2014-16, ‘The Author and the World: New Interdisciplinary Approaches to Authorship' will allow Rebecca to manage a team of academics and work with a postdoctoral research assistant to set up a research hub on authorship at Lancaster University.