Ruth Bartholomä has been a research fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul since October 2019. She studied Islamic Sciences and Slavistics at the University of Freiburg (Germany), spent one year at the University of Samarqand (Uzbekistan) and graduated from the University of Freiburg in 2005 with a thesis on the Hungarian Turkologist Arminius Vámbéry (1832–1913). In 2011, she received her PhD in Turkology at the University of Giessen (Germany) with a thesis on phenomena of language change in the lexis of the Tatar literary language between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. Between 2007 and 2013, she worked in two research projects (funded by the DFG) on developments in the terminology of the Tatar language and discourses on language policy in Tatarstan (Russian Federation) and Kazakhstan at the University of Giessen. From 2012 to 2014, she was interim professor for Islamic Studies/Turkology at the University of Freiburg where she held the position of a “Juniorprofessor” between April 2014 and September 2019.
Her research focuses on sociolinguistics. Currently, she is conducting a research project on language policy and planning in the Republic of Turkey after 1980.