PhD in linguistics; expert on sign language policies in Europe and Deaf language communities; teaches at the Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Linguistics of the University of Vienna since 2003; visiting professor at the Dept. of German Sign Language of the University of Hamburg in 2007/08; active in teacher training since 2006; non-academic activities in NGOs include e.g.: nominated World Federation of the Deaf expert (2009 – 2011), board member of Austrian Association of the Deaf (2001-2007), board member of anti racist NGO ZARA (1999-2005).
Selected publications: Sign Languages and the Minority Languages Policy of the European Union. In: M. Metzger ed. Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities (2000); Language use and awareness of Deaf and hearing children in a bilingual setting. In: C. Plaza-Pust, E. Morales-Lopez, eds. Sign Bilingualism. Language Development, Interaction, and Maintenance in Sign Language Contact Situations. (2008); together with Katharina Schalber: research, camera, script, and editing of 8 short films on "Deaf Austrians in National Socialism" (2010) www.univie.ac.at/gehoerlos-im-ns.