My expertise lies in bi- and multilingualism (with a focus on social and affective factors), language policy, bilingual education, linguistic diversity, and semantics.
I teach into a range of English linguistics courses at all levels, including teacher education. I have extensive experience in teaching both applied and theoretical linguistics, and have taught courses in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. I currently supervise six PhD students.
Together with Dr Susana Eisenchlas from Griffith University, Australia, I founded and currently co-chair the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research Network (ReN) on “Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development”.
I completed a teaching for secondary school degree and a Master's in mathematics in Aachen, Germany, before being awarded a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics in Munich, Germany. From 2003-2017, I worked at two Australian universities, before accepting a position of Professor in English Linguistics at Karlstad University in 2016.