Kristin Kersten holds the Chair of 'Mehrsprachigkeitsdidaktik' at the English Department, University of Mannheim, which focuses on multilingualism, multilingual education and SLA. She conducts research on psycholinguistics, multilingualism, (Instructed) SLA and bilingual education. Her current projects focus on multilingualism and emotions, the bilingual advantage hypothesis, and on cognitive, social and instructional variables affecting mutilingualism / language acquisition in the project 'SMILE' (Studies on Multilingualism in Language Education).
Kristin Kersten studied English and Biology at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel with a special focus on psycholinguistics, bilingualism and bilingual education, and received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cologne. She obtained positions as a research assistant at the Universities of Kiel, Cologne and Magdeburg. In Magdeburg, she headed the EU-Comenius Project ELIAS (Early Language and Intercultural Acquisition Studies) investigating bilingual preschools. In 2010 she was appointed to the “Juniorprofessur Foreign Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition” at the University of Hildesheim. From 2014 to 2023, she held the W2 Chair on English Language Teaching and Language Acquisition in Hildesheim. There, she served on the executive board (vice chairman) of the Center for Teacher Education and Educational Research (CELEB), as member of the senate and of several research centers. Since 2023, she has held the W3 Chair on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education at the University of Mannheim.
Kristin Kersten teaches in the areas of multilingualism, multilingual education, English linguistics and instructed second language acquisition. She is responsible for transdisciplinary classes on Linguistic and Cultural Heterogeneity in the Bachelor of Education, and on Multilingualism and Education in the Master of Education, and for applied linguistics classes in the Master programs of Language and Communication and Culture and Business.