Ruth Wodak

Ruth Wodak is emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University (UK) and retired Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna. Her research activities encompass critical discourse research, language and politics (populism research), identity and past politics, gender studies, migration research, and linguistic bias research on racism and anti-Semitism.

She received numerous prizes and distinctions, inter alia: the Wittgenstein Prize (1996), the Grand Cross of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria (2011) and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (2018).

She has held numerous visiting professorships and fellowships, including  Austrian Chair, Stanford University (1992/3), Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of East Anglia, Norwich UK (2003/4); Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Chair of the Swedish Parliament, Örebro University (2008), Royden J. Davis Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC (2014); Distinguished Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute (2016); Willy Brandt Chair at the University of Malmö (2017).

IWM Fellowships

September 2018–May 2019
February 2020–September 2020

Recent books

1) Österreichische Identitäten im Wandel (mit Rudolf de Cillia, Markus Rheindorf & Sabine Lehner). Springer

2) Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Migration Control (eds. Markus Rheindorf & Ruth Wodak) Multilingual Matters 2020

3) Europe at the Crossroads. Confronting Populist, Nationalist and Global Challenges. (eds. Pieter Bevelander & Ruth Wodak) Nordicum 2019



The joint project with Markus Rheindorf aims to analyze recent changes in the field of political communication and to understand and explain them in the context of socio-political changes. We ask whether there are new forms, spaces and dynamics in political discourse; whether these allow for new forms of bottom-up re-politicization in local settings; and how they relate to the top-down strategies of depoliticization pursued by some political actors.


While at the IWM, I will be preparing the second edition of my book Politics of Fear (Sage 2015), with several new chapters concerning the development of far-right and right-wing populist politics in Europe and beyond, since 2014.