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Professor Johannes Angermuller





Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick

Research Interests

My research interests are centered around the discursive constitution of social inequality. My methodological focus is on the complex organization of language in use, from the micro-level of its polyphonic organization to the macro-level of large collections of written text. While addressing questions of power, knowledge and social change, I have pursued research on academic as well as political discourses. With a background in French discourse analysis and the qualitative traditions in the German and North American social sciences, I'm currently the PI of the ERC DISCONEX project (The Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence), the ERC INTAC project (International Register of Academic Status Categories) and the coordinator of DiscourseNet, an international and interdisciplinary network of discourse researchers at the crossroads of language & society (, where you can register and get the latest news in discourse analysis).


My background is in both sociology and linguistics. After obtaining my MA from Erlangen-Nuremberg University, Germany, in 1997, I finished my doctorate in discourse analysis and sociology in a joint PhD programme of the University of Paris 12, France, and the University of Magdeburg, Germany, where I was lecturer for ten years. Since the 1990s, I have spent longer periods of time in Germany, France, the U.S., Russia. In 2009 I became Professor (W1) in the sociology of higher education at the University of Mainz, Germany. I have been a Professor in Discourse at Warwick since 2012.

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