Vera Nünning studied English literature, history, and education in Cologne and graduated with a dissertation on Virginia Woolf's aesthetics. Her postdoctoral thesis deals with Catherine Macaulay and the political culture of English radicalism. After a ten-year period as lecturer and assistant professor for English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Technische Universität Braunschweig from 2000-2002. In 2002 she went to the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, where has held a chair for English Literature. She has published widely on British and American history, as well as on English literature and culture from the 18th to the 20th century. Among her works are Die Ästhetik Virgina Woolfs (1990), Catherine Macaulay und die politische Kultur des englischen Radikalismus, 1760-1790 (1998), Einführung in die amerikanische Geschichte (with Jürgen Heidekind, 1998), Englishe Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts (with Ansgar Nünning, 1998), Der englische Roman des 19. Jahrhunderts (2000), Grundkurs anglistisch-amerikanische Literaturwissenschaft (with Ansgar Nünning, 2001). Together with Ansgar Nünning she has edited a number of collections of essays, among them a volume on the twentieth-century English novel (1998), three volumes on cultural apporaches to narratology and Konzepte der Kulturwissenschaften: Theoretische Grundlagen, Ansätze, Perspektiven (2003). She has recently edited a volume on the key competences for students of humanities and culture studies. Besides these topics, one of her recent research interests is an interdisciplinary perspective on the humanities and the study of culture.