Claudine Kirsch was born in Luxembourg and read Science of Education at the ISERP (Teacher Education Institution) in Luxembourg and subsequently worked for nine years as a primary school teacher in Luxembourg. She took both her Masters and her PhD in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. While carrying out her PhD, she was a visiting tutor at the University of Luxembourg where she worked as a researcher and delivered continuous professional development courses. From 2003-2011 she worked as a lecturer at Goldsmiths and taught on BA, MA and PhD programmes. She set up and coordinated several courses including the primary Modern Foreign Languages programme and the bilateral exchange programmes between England, France, Germany and Spain. In January 2012, she was appointed at the University of Luxembourg.
At the University of Luxembourg, Claudine Kirsch is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. She specializes in Language Learning and Teaching, Multilingualism, and Early Childhood Education. She is Head of the Bilingualism Matters@Luxembourg branch and Vice-Head of the Institute for Research on Multilingualism (MLing). She teaches on BA, MA and PhD programmes, sits on various committees and works as an active researcher.
Since her appointment in Luxembourg, she has been the PI of four research projects: iTEO (2013-2017); MuLiPEC (Developing Multilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood) (2016-2019); COMPARE (Collaboration with Parents and Multiliteracy in early Childhood Education) (2020-2023) and COVID-KIDS (The influence of COVID-19 on children’s subjective well-being and stay-at-home experiences) (2020–2021). She also takes part in the project CALIDIE (Capitalising on Linguistic Diversity in Education) (2017-2022) led by Adelheid Hu, in Gabrijela Aleksić's project TRANSLA (2019-2021), Maria Obojska’s project DIGIFAM (2021-2024) and in the EERA funded project Developing Multilingual Literacies – Exploring the role of communities for literacy development in multilingual families (January 2020 – December 2020) with Sabine Little (PI, University of Sheffield), Joana Duarte (University of Stenden), Mirjam Günter-van der Meij (University of Stenden), and Irina Usanova (University of Hamburg).