Rosemarie Tracy studied English and Romance studies and Psychology in Mannheim, Göttingen, and in the United States of America from 1968 to 1980. After completing her studies, she worked as an academic staff member at the English Department of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, then as a lecturer in linguistics and psycholinguistics at the Schule für Logopädie of SRH in Heidelberg. In 1986, she graduated and worked as an assistant lecturer at the English Department of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. After her habilitation in 1995, she accepted a position at the University of Mannheim, where she held the chair of English Linguistics. Since September 2019 she holds the Senior Professorship of English Linguistics.