Sandra is a literary and cultural historian whose research interests include literary celebrity and authorship, life-writing, and cultural transfer and reception. Having received her doctorate from the University of Vienna, she has since worked as a researcher and lecturer in Oxford, Vienna, and Zurich. Her previous work has focused on Benjamin Disraeli and the intersections of literature, politics, and Victorian celebrity culture in his life and work.
She is currently a Hertha Firnberg Research Fellow (FWF Austrian Science Fund) in English literature at the University of Vienna and the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, where she co-ordinates the Centre’s “Life-Writing and Celebrity” research strand. Her current project, Art and Action: Literary Celebrity and Politics, explores the intersections of literary celebrity and politics in and through autobiographical life-writing from the nineteenth century to the present