In 2015, Maggie Gemmell graduated with her Ph.D. from the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include all kinds of linguistic variation, particularly register variation and figurative language. Her dissertation dealt with a frame-semantic analysis of metaphor using data from German newspaper texts. Teaching German is another of her main interests, so she is always looking for new and engaging ways to introduce students to language variation. At home, she spends her time sewing and creating poetry and art.