Editorial Team


The editorial team currently consists of the Editor-in-chief Ruth M. Mell (Technical University Darmstadt), the editorial assistants Rita Luppi (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Tara Rensch-Hewitt (Technical University Darmstadt) as well as the editors of the journal Carolina Flinz (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Britta Hufeisen (Technische Universität Darmstadt).

Ruth Maria Mell is the project lead of the project PraxisPro, a DAAD-funded initiative for the internationalization of teacher education programs at the TU Darmstadt. Ruth M. Mell received her doctorate at the University of Mannheim for her research on the language of the 1968 student protests with a special focus on the concept of enlightenment. Until 2018, focus of her academic work at the Leibnitz-Institut for German Language in Mannheim was the analysis of political language (for example in the Weimar republic) as well as corpus-based lexicographic work on the use of expressions on the level of the lexicon. Her current research connects the areas of teacher education, didactics and applied linguistics with concepts of research on specialized language, cross-cultural issues and heterogeneity. 

Rita Luppi received her PhD at the University of Milan for her research on retellings in narrative interviews from the Israelkorpus. 2020/21 she completed a research stay at the Leibniz-Institut for German Language in Mannheim as a DAAD scholarship recipient. In 2020, she published the spotlight edition Deutsch im Vergleich: Textsorten und Diskursarten (see http://www.serena.unina.it/index.php/aiongerm/issue/view/602) together with Marina Brambilla and Carolina Flinz. Focus of her research interests are mostly in the area of pragmatics, especially conversation analysis, as well as the linguistic analysis of the relationship between language and migration. 

Tara Rensch-Hewitt is project coordinator oft he DAAD-funded project PraxisPro, an initiative for the internationalization of teacher education programs at the TU Darmstadt. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles for her research on the German modal particle “na”. Tara Rensch-Hewitt has years of experience as an instructor for German as a foreign language and was editor of the journal New German Review.