2016   Master of Arts (MA) in Russian Studies with elective Bulgarian
2015   53rd summer seminar of Bulgarian language and culture at the Sofia University
2014   XXXVII international summer seminar of Bulgarian language and culture at the University of Veliko Turnovo
2013 – 2014   One-year study visit at the Moscow State Linguistic University
2012   Bachelor in Russian Studies with elective English and translation studies
2008 – 2016   Russian Studies at the University of Copenhagen
2000 – 2004   Slavic and East European studies at the University of Hamburg
1999 – 2000   Six months placement in the Russian office of the exchange organisation AFS (Moscow)
1996 – 1999   Gymnasium Bondenwald in Hamburg (grammar school). Special subjects: Russian and English. University entry qualification
1995 – 1996   School year in Russia (Klimovsk near Moscow)
1988 – 1995   Gymnasium Altona in Hamburg (grammar school)

Related interests

  • Slavic studies
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Russian history, culture, society, economics and politics
  • History and culture of Eastern Europe and the Balkans
  • Transition of post socialistic states
  • Historic and comparative linguistics, typology
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language teaching
  • Didactics of German as a foreign language (DaF)
  • Computer linguistics, Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Machine and computer aided translation (MT / CAT)
  • Corpus linguistics



  • German (mother tongue)
  • Danish (fluent, C2)
  • English (fluent, C1)
  • Russian (fluent, C1)
  • Bulgarian (B1)
  • French, Turkish (A2)
  • Norwegian, Swedish (speaking comprehension)
  • Old Church Slavonic (reading)

Computing skills

  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • CQP (language corpora)
  • RegEx
  • Installation and administration of content management systems (CMS)
  • Linux, Windows

Further fields of interest

  • Regions: Scandinavia, CIS, Mediterranean; West, Central, South and Southeast Asia
  • Sciences: Political science, philosophy, religious studies, macroeconomics, sociology, psychology, memory and commemoration studies, anthropology, archeology, geography, IT
  • Arts: Classic modern art, Russian avant-garde, architecture, folk arts, music (classic and modern music from all countries and cultures),
  • Free-time activities: Dancing (Bulgarian folk dances, hip hop and salsa), travelling, web design

Countries travelled

Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

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