The founder of WikoWi, Maria-Regina Kecht, is a scholar of literature, who wants to utilize her expertise as a former university professor and university administrator in support of academic projects and initiatives. She gained master’s degrees from Moscow State University and the University of Illinois and completed her doctoral program in American Literature and Comparative Literature summa cum laude from Innsbruck University.

She did further post-graduate work at Indiana University and started her academic career as researcher and teacher at Hamilton College before moving on to the University of Connecticut and Rice University. In the course of her university assignments in the U.S., she developed many kinds of undergraduate and graduate courses, published articles and books in German and English, organized conferences, and succeeded in obtaining a number of important curricular and scholarly grants.

For several years, she also served as editor of a major journal on Austrian Studies and regularly contributed to journals’ peer-review process of scholarly papers. Her long-standing involvement in interview committees for grant agencies is another asset. During the last several years, Maria-Regina Kecht was Academic Director at an Austrian private university and in conjunction with this assignment, she had the opportunity to serve in a leadership function at the Austrian Private University Conference.