I am a researcher in applied linguistics with a specialization on foreign language education and German language. I received my PhD in German applied linguistics with a focus on second language acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have since been working as an assistant professor of second language studies and language center coordinator at Webster Vienna Private University as well as a lecturer and course coordinator for second-year German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
In my research and teaching, I view language education as a means to not only acquire new skills to communicate effectively and competently in personal and professional settings but also to create a critical awareness of how language as an embodied, multimodal system shapes and is shaped by different social interests, purposes, and ideologies. It is through language that we mediate knowledge, create our social worlds, and express our selves. I therefore see all education (also) as language education and language as what makes us human.
In my research, I aim at creating new empirical and theoretical insights into how adult language learners learn and use their translingual and transcultural competence to successfully participate in new communities in personal and public settings, on a personal, social, cultural, economic, and political level.
These aspects also inform my teaching in applied linguistics and German language: My goal is to guide students to develop the linguistic and sociolinguistic competencies to become critical users of language, who are able to relate linguistic issues to larger social issues and questions of power.