Heike Hartung has worked as a university lecturer and research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Greifswald and the University of Potsdam. She has earned her PhD in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and her PhD habil. in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam, where she is associated as an independent scholar. In her publications she applies the methods of literary theory and cultural studies to the interdisciplinary fields of aging, disability and gender studies. Her research interests further include narrative theory and the history of the novel. She has earned research fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the University of Potsdam and the University of Graz. She is a founding member of the European Network in Aging Studies and a co-editor of the Aging Studies publication series.