Academic Career

  2003-2008    Study of German Philology, Psychology and Philosophy at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg; final degree with highest honor
  2008-2011   Scientific assistant at the professorship for German Philology and Linguistics of Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Felder (Heidelberg); member of the graduate school for humanities and social science (HGGS) of the University of Heidelberg
  2011   Graduation to Dr. Phil. (summa cum laude) with the subjects German Philology (Linguistics), Psychology and Philosophy at the new-philology faculty at the University of Heidelberg
  2011-2012   Managing Director of the European Centre of Linguistics (EZS), Heidelberg/Mannheim
  Since 2012   Professor for media linguistics (W1) at the department of Medienkulturwissenschaft at the University of Freiburg
  2014-2015   Executive Director at the department of Medienkulturwissenschaft (Freiburg)
  Since 2018   Full Professor for Discourse- and Sociolinguistics at the University of Siegen


Guest lectureships as well as guest research stays in Cadiz and Barcelona (Spain; 2009), at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (China; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and at the Eötvös-Loránd University of Budapest (Hungary; 2009, 2010, 2011); since 2013 initiator and coordinator of the university cooperation Freiburg-Beijing (BFSU).

I speak and write in German (native language), English, Spanish, Chinese/中文 (basics) and I code in Delphi XE3, PHP, HTML, SQL, Perl and R

More details: about my research and educational programme.

Functions and memberships in the academic working contex

Incorporator and coordinator of the "International Research Group Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics" (CAL2), since 2013

  • President elected of the "International Language and Law Association" (ILLA), 2017-2019
  • Coordinator of the "Heidelberger Gruppe der Rechtslinguistik" (Heidelberger group for legal linguistics, established in 1984), since 2014
  • Publisher of the Open-Access-Journal "Language and Law" (JLL), since 2015
  • Member in the research network "Sprache und Wissen" (Language and Knowledge), since 2010
  • Member of the "Hermann Paul Center of Linguistics" (HPCL, Freiburg), since 2012
  • Member of the "Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik e.V." (Association for Applied Linguistics e.V.)
  • Member of the "Bund demokratischer Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler e.V." (BdWi) (Union of Democratic Scientists e.V.)
  • Member in the research network "Kontrastive Medienlinguistik" (Contrastive Media Linguistics)
  • Member in the "Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V." (Committee for Basic Rights and Democracy e.V.)
  • Member of the "Zentrum für populäre Kultur und Musik" (ZPKM, Freiburg) (Centre for Popular Culture and Music)

Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

2002         Scheffelpreis
2007   Award of foundation "Friends of the University of Heidelberg e. V."
2006   Scholarship of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
2007   Scholarship of the Institute for Critical Theory Berlin (InkriT)
2008   Doctoral scholarship of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
2011   Research Award "Language and Law" 2011 of the University of Regensburg
2014   Congressional scholarship of the DAAD
2014   Teaching Fellowship of the UCF – Award for innovative approaches in apprenticeship
2014   Admission in the WIN- young academics course of lectures at the Heidelberger Academy for Sciences (Baden-Württemberg) for the duration of three years

Dedication in social contexts and Contributions to Science Policy

As political human I was and I am dedicated since my childhood. Since my duration of study I am especially dedicated as:

  • Long-time elected representative for students in the faculty board and the senate of the University of Heidelberg as well as in countless committees on university and state level (2008-2010);
  • Incorporator and coordinator of the "Heidelberger Forum für kritische Theorie und Wissenschaft" (Heidelberger Forum for Critical Theory and Science) (existing until 2010) (2006-2010);
  • Ph. D. candidate, who initialised the composition of an overall institutional forum for the academic central structure (2010-2012);
  • Professorial elected member of the faculty board of the Philological Faculty of the University of Freiburg (since 2014);
  • I am active in the context of refugee and asylum relief (since 2013).