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April 2019 -: Professor of Discourse, Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

April-May 2022: Visiting Professor at the University of Torino, italy

December 2015 - March 2016: Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

2013 - 2019: Research group director at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France

November 2012 - March 2019: Research Professor/Chair of Discourse at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

August 2009-October 2012: Professor (W1) in "Sociology of Higher Education" at the Department of Sociology, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

August 2003 - August 2009: Assistant Professor/ Lecturer ("Wissenschaftlicher Assistent") at the Department of Sociology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

April 2003: binational doctoral degree in analyse du discours (linguistics) and sociology (Paris 12/Magdeburg)

    'Prophets' and 'Humanists': The conjuncture of the sciences humaines and the intellectual field in France (1960-1980) in structural-pragmatic discourse analysis
    Supervisors: Dominique Maingueneau (linguistics, University of Paris 12-Val de Marne) and Eckhard Dittrich (sociology, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg)("co-tutelle de thèse", summa cum laude, Très honorable avec les félicitations à l'unanimité).
    Award for the best PhD dissertation of the Faculty for Arts and Sciences, University of Magdeburg 2003.

April 2004 - August 2005: Postdoc researcher at Université de Picardie, Amiens and the Center for the study of discourses, images, texts, writings, communication (Céditec), Paris 12, France

April 1999 to July 2003: employee/lecturer ("wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter") at the Department of Sociology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Studying, teaching and research stays at

    EHESS, Paris (France, since March 2013)
    University of Warwick (UK, since November 2012)
    Harvard University (USA, February - April 2012)
    University of California, Berkeley (February - April 2010)
    Université de Paris XII-Val de Marne (France, several stays since 2001, postdoc stay from April 2004-August 2005)
    Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany, August 2009 - October 2012)
    Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany, summer 1999 to summer 2009)
    Harvard University (USA, March to April 1999)
    University of Georgia, Athens (USA, September 1997 to January 1998)
    Université de Paris-IV "Sorbonne" (France, April to August 1997)
    Faculty of Sociology St. Petersburg (Russia, August to September 1995, February to July 1996)
    Duke University (USA, August 1994 to May 1995)
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany, November 1992 to February 1997)

February 1997: M.A. (Erlangen-Nuremberg University)

    Disciplines: Sociology, Eastern European History, American Studies
    master's thesis on Ethnicity, Biography and social change in a transforming society. An empirical study of the Armenian minority in St. Petersburg. (English article)


    Fulbrigt Commission scholar: September - October 2005 for a seminar in Washington, D.C. and New York City on "Media in American Society"
    Feodor-Lynen scholar of Humboldt-Foundation: April 2004 - August 2005 (Amiens, France)
    Kennedy Institute Berlin
    PhD scholarship ("Graduiertenförderungsgesetz"): October 1997 to March 1999
    DAAD: August 1994 to May 1995
    Bavarian Excellence Program ("Bayerische Begabtenförderung"): November 1992 to February 1997

High school degree ("Abitur") and community service ("Zivildienst") 1992 in Erlangen, Germany

Born in 1973 in Erlangen, Germany