GSFL Elected and Appointed Officers
Gaby Axer, Senior Student Liaison
Bio: Gaby Axer is in the process of finishing her MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Bonn. As a part of this programme, she is completing a semester abroad at Aston University where she will earn a PG diploma in Forensic Linguistics. Her primary area of FL interest is in author identification. In particular, she is interested in exploring whether and to what extent personal hallmarks of an author’s native language(s) may be transferred and identified across a variety of text-types, genres, and languages.
Grace Sullivan Buker, Junior Student Liaison
Grace Buker Sullivan is responsible for assisting the Senior Student Liaison in coordinating the Emerging Scholars Day and delivering support to students.
Bio: Grace Sullivan completed her doctorate in Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation focused on the use of African American English and treatment of AAE speakers in the courtroom, specifically the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Grace’s research interests also include forensic linguistic threat assessment, deception detection, and forensic speech science. Grace applies her theoretical linguistics background, which include minimalist syntax and phonetics and phonology, and the approaches of discourse analysis and interactional sociolinguistics to her forensic linguistics analyses.
Athina Koutsiafti, Junior Calendar Secretary
Athina Koutsiafti is responsible for assisting the Senior Calendar Secretary in her duties. These include the GSFL calendar and newsletter.
Bio: Athina Koutsiafti is an official Translator for Greek, English and German. In 2014, she completed her BA (Hons) at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at the Ionian University (Greece). During her studies, she went to Germany, where she studied for one year as an Erasmus exchange student at the Faculty of Translation Studies, Languages and Cultural Studies in Germersheim (University of Mainz-Germany), and six more months at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation at the University of Hildesheim. In 2015, she completed her MA in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University (UK). Her research center on Legal Translation, Courtroom Interpreting, and Native Language Identification.
Emilia Lindroos, Facebook Group Officer
Emilia Lindroos is responsible for distributing GSFL news, as well as initiating, administering, and managing discussions for the GSFL facebook group. If you have an interesting article, case, or issue which you would like to share on facebook, please contact Emilia.
Bio: Emilia Lindroos is in legal linguistics (fi. oikeuslingvistiikka). Her research has thus far focused on a variety of linguistic issues in criminal proceedings from legal style in criminal judgments to police interviewing techniques. She holds an LLD from the University of Lapland and an M.A. with a specialization in translation studies and law from Helsinki University. Prior to entering the academia, she worked in crime investigation and in EU institutions. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at Cologne University and the University of Copenhagen. She’s currently a faculty member in the Department of Law at the University of Lapland, Finland.
Ulrike Lohner, Media Officer
Ulrike Lohner is responsible for the media reviews and updates posted on the GSFL website.
Bio: Ulrike Lohner has recently completed her BA in English Studies and German Studies at the University of Cologne. Her thesis, which she wrote at the English department, was about the influence of trauma on written language. Precisely, she investigated forms of measurement of language change in emotions expressed after a personal trauma, using an epistolary corpus. Currently, she pursues studying with a master program in General Linguistics at the University Hamburg. Within the field of FL, the intersection between language and personality is the focus of her research interest. Furthermore, she is interested in author and speaker identification as well as intra-author/speaker variation.
Karoline Marko, Membership Manager
Karoline Marko is responsible for helping the GSFL Presidency in administrative matters and building up the GSFL membership base.
Bio: In 2013, Karoline finished her M.A. in English and American Studies at the University of Graz, as well as her B.Sc. in Health and Nursing Science at the Medical University of Graz. Right now, she is a PhD student at the University of Graz, where she’s marginally employed as a team assistant, and in the process of writing her dissertation with a focus on linguistic profiling, ransom demands and threat mail. She has obtained the Forensic Linguistics First Certificate from the Forensic Linguistics Institute in 2015 and currently working to finish the Advanced Certificate as well. Her primary interests in Forensic Linguistics are authorship studies, particularly linguistic profiling, but she is also interested in deception detection, threat assessment, and courtroom discourse. In 2017, Karoline was awarded her doctorate from the University of Graz in Austria.
Ria Perkins, Writing Group Coordinator
Ria Perkins is responsible for organizing the GSFL writing group.
Bio: Ria Perkins recently completed her PhD in forensic linguistics at Aston University. Her thesis focused on linguistic identifiers of L1 Persian speakers writing in English and from a forensic authorship analysis perspective. Her research interests include; forensic linguistic authorship analysis, the language of extremism, and computer mediated communication.
Dana Roemling, Co-Founder, & Facebook Group Scientific Discussion Officer
Dana Roemling is responsible for presenting real and fictious casework issues for Group discussion and Analysis in the GSFL Facebook Group.
Bio: Dana Roemling has a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Duesseldorf with a thesis on statutory interpretation in online chatrooms. She is also studying law. She holds a BA in English and Finnish Studies from the University of Cologne, with a thesis on the genuineness of suicide notes. Dana is also teaching Forensic Linguistics at the University of Duesseldorf (BA & MA level). Her research interests include among others authorship analysis, language crimes on the internet and language in statutory interpretation. She is the former GSFL Vice President.
Kristin Zelenevskiy, Conference Co-Organizer, Membership Database Officer, and Webmaster
Kristin is responsible for helping to organize the annual roundtable and manage the GSFL website.
Bio: Kristin Zelenevskiy holds a BA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University and a PGDip in Forensic Linguistics from Aston University. She applies the skills she has learned in this program in the field as an Emergency Medical Responder.
Rositsa Zhekov, Senior Calendar Secretary
Rositsa Zhekov is responsible for managing the information database of the GSFL calendar and producing the newsletter for the GSFL members.
Bio: Rositsa Zhekov recently completed her MA in English, Spanish, and Sociology at the University of Cologne. Within forensic linguistics, her primary areas of interests lie in the language of the legal process. More specifically, she is interested in linguistic tactics used during courtroom proceedings and police interrogations of vulnerable witnesses such as children and non-native speakers. Her dream is to use her skills to advance the public and academic awareness of FL/FP research throughout the Slavic and Germanic-speaking world.