The University of Sheffield
Department of Germanic Studies

Dr Kristine Horner

Reader in Luxembourg Studies and Multilingualism

SLC Director of Postgraduate Research

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I received my PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a dissertation focused on language politics in contemporary Luxembourg. I lectured at the Université du Luxembourg/ Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1998-2006) and the University of Leeds (2007-2010) before taking up my current post at the University of Sheffield, which is generously funded by the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Studies constitutes the focus of my research and, to a large extent, my teaching too. Although the majority of my research focuses on language politics and language ideologies in Luxembourg, I also began researching Luxembourgish cultural heritage in the Upper Midwestern region of the US while a visiting scholar at the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. Multilingualism and migration are key threads that run through most of my academic work.

Teaching Responsibilities

Book cover of "Introducing Multilingualism"

My main teaching areas in the Department and the School are in the field of Luxembourg Studies and, more broadly, in sociolinguistics and multilingualism.

I co-ordinate the Luxembourg Studies programmes and teach the following modules:

I also contribute to the following modules:

Research Interests

List of publications

Journal Cover of "Language Problems & Language Planning"

My current research is concentrated in the following areas and I welcome expressions of interest from individuals wishing to pursue a MA or PhD in any of these fields:

Presently, I am supervising Joanna Kremer's PhD research on language, identity and citizenship in contemporary Luxembourg.

I am director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies at the University of Sheffield (founded by Professor Gerald Newton in 1995) and a member of the following professional associations:

Other External Activities