1995 - 2005

English Studies and Classical Philology (Latin) at University of Bamberg and Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany)


Oct. 2000

Major: English Linguistics and Medieval Studies; University of Bamberg, Germany

Dr. phil.


PhD in English Linguistics; Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany;
Thesis title: “Women and Men Like Different Things”? Doing Gender as a Strategy of Advertising Language – (“summa cum laude”).



Venia legendi: English Linguistics; Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany;
Thesis title: “Language and European Identity Formation”

Other Qualifications and Awards


PhD research grant of the Federal State of Bavaria/Germany (not accepted)

Feb. 2006

Certificate: Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (Frankfurt am Main University, Germany)

Dec. 2006

Science Prize of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) for the PhD thesis

July - Sept. 2013

Visiting Researcher, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK

Nov. 2014

Appointment: Professorship of English Linguistics (W2), University of Paderborn, Germany (not assumed)

Oct. 2017

Appointment: Full Professor of English as a Second/Foreign Language, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway

Nov. 2017 - Oct. 2020

Marie Curie Global Fellowship (EU-funded) for the project “Linguistic Dimensions of Sexual Normativity” [LIDISNO]; in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL, USA, and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Nov. 2017 - Oct. 2019

Visiting Researcher, Department of Language, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Editorial Activity

General Editor: Journal of Language and Sexuality (John Benjamins), with Prof. William L. Leap (American University, Washington DC)


Member of the Editorial Board: Journal “Gender and Language” (Equinox)

Member of the Scientific Committee: Journal “GLAD – Language, Gender and Sexualities/Revue sur le langage, le genre, les sexualités” (MSH Paris Nord)

Member of the Advisory Board: YLMP (Young Linguists’ Meeting in Poznan)

Member of the Scientific Committee: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference

International Gender and Language Association [IGALA]
Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik [GAL]
International Society for the Linguistics of English [ISLE]
International Association of Applied Linguistics [AILA]
International Pragmatics Association [IPrA]
Eurovision Research Network [ERN]
International Network of Address Research [INAR]
Deutscher Hochschulverband [DHV]