Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University and affiliated to the University of Vienna where she is currently the PI of a three-year funded project on the Discursive Construction of National Identities. She is past-president of the Societas Linguistica Europea. Among other national and international prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She has held visiting professorships at the University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, European University Institute (EUI, Florence) and Georgetown University (Washington, DC). She is a member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament at University Örebrö. Ruth Wodak is co-editor of the SAGE journal Discourse & Society, and of the journals Critical Discourse Studies and Journal of Language and Politics. She is a visiting faculty member and teaches in the Ph.D. in Applied Lingustics program.
Her research interests include critical discourse studies; transnational and national identity politics and politics of the past; racism, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination; and ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. Ruth has published extensively in these fields, most recently with the books The Politics of Fear: What Right-wing Populist Discourses Mean (Sage, 2015, German translation 2016); Methods of CDS (Eds Ruth Wodak & Michael Meyer, Sage 2015, 3rd edition). The Discourse of Politics in Action. Politics as Usual (Palgrave, 2011).