Originally from the city of Mainz/Germany, where I was born in 1970, I passed my Abitur twenty years later at the
Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium, Weinheim. My main subjects were English and Latin,
which prepared me for a career in English language studies with specific interest in the past stages. English Linguistics became one of my
subjects at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, with Prehistoric Archaeology and Egyptology being
my other choices. My increasing interest in England, in particular the medieval period, led me to join a BA course in Medieval Studies at the University of
Manchester in 1993, which I passed successfully three years later. In 1996, I joined Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge, where I completed an MPhil degree in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in 1997, which prepared me for a subsequent doctoral programme. My particular interest during that time was in Old English manuscripts of the twelfth century. I was awarded a PhD degree in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 I was
working in the wider field of English Linguistics as a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent to Prof. Dr. H. J. Neuhaus at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster for example on the Shakespeare Database Project and on my habilitation
treatise on historical lexicology. I was awarded a venia legendi in English Philology in 2008. From 2006 to 2011 I
represented the chair of English Medieval Studies and Historical Linguistics at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen in the role of interim professor.
From 2011 to 2012 I was a lecturer at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster. In summer term 2012, I was teaching at the Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität, Munich, the Technische Universität, Darmstadt and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg. From winter term 2012/13 to summer term 2015 I represented the chair of English Linguistics at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg in the role of interim professor. In winter term 2015/16, I was working as an interim professor in Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies at the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken. In summer term 2016, I was teaching at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster. In August 2016, I took up a position of associate professor in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Stavanger, Norway and was promoted to a full professorship in April 2017. Since 2022 I have also acted as study programme leader of the English Section.