The child of an ethnic German migrant family from Tajikistan, Adeline grew up in Bad Wildbad, a small town in the Black Forest in Germany.
She received her BA in German Studies, Philosophy, and Intercultural Studies in 2012 from the University of Mannheim. Adeline wrote a thesis on self-destruction in German popular culture which was subsequently published in the scholarly magazine, Genre.
In 2014, Adeline completed her MA at California State University, Long Beach, where she, among other things, worked as the head organizer of a conference on the German writer Georg Büchner, and served as a Teaching Associate. Additionally, Adeline taught for two summers at the German Summer School in Taos, New Mexico. She is a recipient of the German Consulate Los Angeles Teaching Award in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished German Graduate Honor at California State, Long Beach in 2014.
Adeline joined the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Washington University in 2014, where she focuses on contemporary German literature after 1990. She is particularly interested in how authors of non-German origin who have migrated to Germany since 1990 narrate their experience of successfully or unsuccessfully integrating into Germany society. Adeline is working on her dissertation which is titled “Who is Germany, now? Literary (Re)-Negotiations of Belonging and Memory in Contemporary German Literature of Authors of Non-German Origin.” She organized the very first panels on German-Russian literature at the annual German Studies Association conference, to give migrant literature a space within academic discourse. Adeline has further presented at various conferences across the country on contemporary German migrant literature.
At Washington University, Adeline has taught German-language courses on the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses on German literature. She also taught Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as part of the graduate certificate program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and was selected to receive the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019.