Denise studied English and History at the Universities of Augsburg and Birmingham. While studying she worked as a tutor at the chair for Modern History at the University of Augsburg and did several internships including one at the State Textile and Industry Museum (tim) in Augsburg. After completing her studies, she worked as a teacher for two and a half years.
In April 2016 she began working on her PhD "Flexibility and Design. A History of Technology and Fashion in the Swiss Silk Industry, 1880 - 1914". The main aim of her PhD is to find out about the design processes in the Swiss Silk industry taking the relationship between fashion, design and technology into account. By doing so she explores a chapter in Swiss economic history which has been widely neglected by historians so far.