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Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies

Professor Dr Beatrix Busse

Beatrix Busse studied English and History at the Universities of Osnabrück and Keele. She was awarded her doctorate in English philology from the University of Münster in 2004, and obtained her Habilitation at the University of Bern in 2010. She was Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Languages and Literatures at the University of Bern from 2008 to 2010. In 2011, she was appointed as full professor of English linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. Among her many responsibilities, Beatrix Busse served as spokesperson of the Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2015 to 2019. She also served two terms as Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at the University of Heidelberg from October 2013 to September 2019. During her industrious time at Heidelberg University, she led the Heidelberg School of Education as founding director. Since 2019 she has been Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies and since 2020 she has been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Cologne.

Beatrix Busse is the Chief Development Officer of the European University for Well-Being that unifies eleven universities across Europe. She was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group. She is a Visiting Fellow of the British Academy and a founding member of the DFG-funded Research Training Group “Authority and Trust in American Culture, Society, History and Politics” at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University. Beatrix Busse also serves on governing and advisory boards of various journals and scholarly organizations, and is the reviews editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics.

Beatrix Busse’s research interests include corpus linguistics, the history of English, (historical) sociopragmatics, transfer linguistics and language in urban spaces. She currently leads a project on historical English grammars (HeidelGram) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as other projects entitled “Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in the History of English” and “Discursive Place-Making in Brooklyn, New York”.