Jana Bressem is post-doc (assistant professor) at the chair for German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication at the TU Chemnitz since October 2012.

Together with Ellen Fricke she heads the center for gesture studies and speech communication at the TU Chemnitz.

From October 2016 until April 2017 she was acting professor (temporary position) at the chair for German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication at the TU Chemnitz.

Until 2010, she was an academic assistant at the chair for Language Use and Multimodal Communication at the faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina.

She finished her PhD in 2012 at the European University Viadrina with a thesis on „Repetitions in gestures: Structures, functions, and cognitive aspects“ .

Jana Bressem studied German and General Linguistics, North American studies and communications science/journalism at the Free University Berlin.

Her main areas of research are multimodality (speech/gesture and text/image), interactional and gesture studies, language and cognition, lexical semantics and pragmatics.