Curriculum Vitae (download full CV in German or English)


since 01/2023 Full professor at the University of Passau (Chair of Multilingual Computational Linguistics).
01/2017-12/2022 Senior scientist at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (since 04/2021 with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig)
01/2015-12/2016 DFG research fellow at the Centre de Recherches Linguistique sur l'Asie Orientale (EHESS) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Team "Adaptation, Integration, Reticulation, Evolution")
10/2012-12/2014 Post-doctoral researcher at Philipps-University Marburg.
06.02.2013 PhD (defense of PhD thesis): Historical Linguistics (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf).
02/2009-09/2012 Doctoral student at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Historical Linguistics).
25.06.2008 Magister Artium: Major Subject: Comparative-Historical Linguistics (Freie University Berlin), Minor Subjects: Sinology (Freie University Berlin), Russian Philology (Humboldt-University Berlin)
09/2007-01/2008 Visiting student at Fúdàn University Shànghǎi (Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, taught in Chinese)
09/2005-07/2006 Language student at Fudan University Shanghai
2003-2008 Studies at Freie University Berlin and Humbold-University Berlin (Major Subject: Comparative-Historical Linguistics, Minor Subjects: Sinology, Russian Philology)
10/2002-09/2003 Studies at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (Major Subject: Rhetorics, Minor Subjects: Modern History, Comparative Literature Studies, Russian Philology)

Scholarships and Awards

04/2017-03/2022 ERC Starting Grant for the project "Computer-assisted language comparison", awarded by the European Research Council (Grant ID: 715618)
01/2015-12/2016 Research Scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to pursue an interdisciplinary project on "Vertical and lateral aspects of Chinese dialect history" (Grant ID: 261553824)
03.02.2014 Best Dissertation Award (Philosophical Faculty, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf).
09/2007-01/2008 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for one semester's studies at Fudan University Shanghai
09/2005-08/2006 Exchange scholarship (Freie University Berlin / Fudan University Shanghai)
20.08.2005 Second price Lilalu Circus Festival 2005 (Adults / Amateurs)
23.10.2004 Second price Young Artistic Talents Competition (Sophienhof Kiel)
07.06.01 Second price Federal Competition "Jugend musiziert" (Plucking instruments: Trio)

Further Activities

09/2001-08/2002 Civil Service Abroad (Saint Petersburg): Assistant in "Upsala Zirk" (social project for street children)