Dr. Schürcks finished her Ph.D. in the field of General Linguistics at the Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN) of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and completed her “Habilitation” (tenure, professorship degree) with Venia Legendi Slavic Studies at the University of Potsdam. Her recent fields of research interests are diversity, identity and cultural awareness, as well as discourse analysis and ethnical issues.
Dr. Schürcks teaches Gender and Diversity Management and Intercultural Competence at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Münich. Recently she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Graz, Austria and DAAD Professor at the University of Kansas, USA. She had the unique opportunity to pursue research and teach at the University of Groningen, University of Tromsǿ (Norway), University of Chicago and Indiana University Bloomington (USA), University of Brno Masaryk (Czech Republic), Aristotle University Thessaloniki (Greece), and Henrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.
Her publications are mainly in the areas of studying identity, discourse and ethnical issues, for example the identities of the Pomaks in the Balkan region. She is author, editor and reviewer for several publishers, such as Peter Lang, Mouton de Gryuter and Cambridge University Press. Among her recent publications (as co-editor) is Minimalism and Beyond: Radicalizing the interfaces (2014).