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Against a background in linguistics and sociology, my research interests are centered around the discursive construction of social order. My methodological focus is on the social effects of language in use. While addressing questions of power, knowledge and social change, I have pursued research on academic, educational as well as political discourses. With a background in German sociology, French linguistic discourse analysis and the qualitative traditions of the North American social sciences, I coordinate DiscourseNet, an international and interdisciplinary network of discourse researchers at the crossroads of language and society (http://www.discourseanalysis.net, where you can register and get the latest news in discourse analysis).
Please get in touch if you are looking for a research collaboration on academic careers and practices in the line of my ERC projects DISCONEX and INTAC.
Fields of research
discourse, language, society
discourse analysis, linguistic pragmatics, discursive polyphony
sociology of (higher) education, science, intellectuals
political communication, public sphere, mass media/culture
methods and theories in social research
comparative studies (e.g. France, USA, UK, Germany, Russia)
Board member of academic journals
book series / Buchreihen / collections de livres