Ruth Wodak is a professor emeritus of discourse studies at the University of Lancaster and she also works at the University of Vienna. For several decades she has been developing a “discourse-historical” critical discourse analysis which is based on a combination of an ethnographic and a historical approach, on the theory of argumentation and linguistics. The research focus of Ruth Wodak lies in the area of discourse studies, gender studies, political discourse, prejudice and discrimination as well as developing a ethnographic approach in linguistic studies.
She was awarded the Wittgenstein Award for elite researchers in 1996, a honorary doctorate from the University of Orebro (Sweden) in 2010, a silver medal of honor for serving the Austrian Republic in 2011 and numerous other awards. She was the president of the European Societf of Linguists (Societas Linguistica Europaea). She is a member of the British academi of social sciences and the European Academy (Academia Europaea).
She has published 10 monographs, 27 co-authored books and over 60 collections and over a hundred articles. Apart from The Politics of Fear. What Right-wing Populist Discourses Mean (2015; translated into German 2016), among the recent publications of Ruth Wodak is a new edition of the collection Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (2015), Analyzing Fascist Discourse: Fascism in Talk and Text (2013), a four volume collection Critical Discourse Analysis (2012), The Discourse of Politics in Action: Politics as Usual (2011), Migration, Identity and Belonging (2011) i The Discursive Construction of History: Remembering the German Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (2008).