Stefan Th. Gries earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Hamburg in 1998 and 2000 and is currently (Full) Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as well as a part-time (Full/W3-) Professor of Corpus Linguistics (Quantitative Methods) of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen.
Methodologically, Gries is a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics, who uses statistical methods to investigate linguistic phenomena (corpus-linguistically and experimentally) and tests and develops corpus-linguistic and statistical methods. Theoretically, he is a cognitively-oriented usage-based linguist. Gries has authored three books, co-edited seven volumes, and has (co-)authored dozens of articles, many in the leading peer-reviewed journals of his fields (Cognitive Linguistics and International Journal of Corpus Linguistics). He is general editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication, associate editor of Cognitive Linguistic Studies, and performs editorial functions for about a dozen other international peer-reviewed journals and book series.