In May 2017, Annika received her Ph.D. in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, frame semantics and foreign language pedagogy. Her dissertation deals with culturally specific aspects in semantic frames and is also planning a project investigating the applicability of the German frame-based dictionary in the foreign language classroom. As a devoted teacher she is always developing new and engaging classroom materials and has developed several activities introducing students to Texas German. She has a B.A. in translation and interpreting from the University of Mainz, FASK Germersheim and a M.A. from the University of Kentucky. In her free time, Annika enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her dogs.