Academic career Esther Rinke

Work experience

  • since 2019.    Spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group "Nominal Modification"
  • since 2017.    Appointment as a W3 professor for Portuguese and Spanish linguistics, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2016-2018.    Vice dean, Department of Modern Languages, Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • 2016.            Offer of a professorship for 'Intercultural studies and Multilingualism', University of Vienna (rejected)
  • since 2014.    Member and deputy spokesperson of the DFG Graduate School 'Nominal Modification', Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • since 2014.    Spokesperson of the GRADE Center 'Language', Goethe Research Academy, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2012-2016.    Senator (deputy), Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2011-2013.    Head of the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • since 2011.    Elected member of the Faculty Board of the Department of Modern Languages, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2010.             Appointment as a professor for Portuguese and Spanish linguistics at Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2009.             Offer of a W2 professorship for Spanish and French linguistics at Bergische University of Wuppertal (rejected)
  • 2008/9.          Replacement for a C4-professorship in Romance Linguistics, Romance Department, University of Hamburg
  • 2007-2010.    Researcher. Romance department, University of Hamburg
  • 1999-2007.    Research assisstant and Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Collaborative research center on 'Multilingualism'/Uni Hamburg


  • 2005.           Ph. D in Portuguese Linguistics, University of Hamburg. Dissertation: 'Syntaktische Varation aus synchrnischer und diachronischer Perspektive: die Entwicklung der Wortstellung im Portugiesischen' (Syntactic variation from synchronic and diachronic perspective: the development of word order in Portuguese).
  • 1999. '         Magister' in Portuguese and German Language and Literature, University of Hamburg. Thesis: 'Zur Syntax des flektierten Infinitivs im europäischen Portugiesisch. Eine diachronische Studie' (About the syntax of the inflected infinitive in European Portuguese. A diachronic study).
  • 1991-1999.   Studies in German Linguistics and Literature, Philosophy, and Portuguese at the Universities of Jena, Lisbon, and Hamburg.