Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez works in cognitive linguistics, inferential pragmatics, and functional grammar. He began his university career in 1989 and has been a full professor of English Linguistics at the University of La Rioja since 1999. He has been the head of four research projects on these topics financed by the various Departments of Education and Science in Spain. He has also participated as an investigator in two other projects that deal with language acquisition, cognitive modeling, and the compilation of lexical databases for lexicography.
He has published well over 100 articles and book chapters. Many have appeared in renowned international journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Communication, Language Sciences, Metaphor and Symbol, LAUD-Essen, and in series such as Cognitive Linguistics Research (Mouton), Topics in English Linguistics (Mouton), Pragmatics and Beyond (John Benjamins), Human Cognitive Processing (John Benjamins), Functional Linguistics (Equinox), and Lodz Studies in Language (Peter Lang). He has been invited -on more than fifty occasions- to present his research in universities and other research institutions in Madrid, Pisa, Galati, Timisoara, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Lodz, Las Palmas, Provo, Beijing, Lima, among other places. He has also been an invited speaker in national conferences such as The Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics, the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies, the Spanish Linguistics Society and in international conferences such as the International Conference on Cognitive Linguistics (Pavia, 2003), EURESCO (Granada, 2004), International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (Santiago, 2005), Converging and Diverging Tendencies in Cognitive Linguistics (Dubrovnik, 2005), Perspectives on Metonymy (Lodz, 2005) and the 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (Krakow, 2007), International Conference of Cognitive Linguistics Between Universality and Variation (Dubrovnik, 2008), III Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, 2008), 20th International Conference on British and American Studies (Timisoara, Romania, 2010), Languages and International Business: First Forum across Disciplines (Beijing, 2010), Cognitive Perspectives on Contrastive Grammar (Bielsko-Biala, Poland, 2011), and others.
In addition to his published research, Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza has been invited to give doctoral-level courses and colloquia at other universities including the University Jaume I (yearly from 1993 to 2006), the University of Córdoba (2002, 2003), the Complutense University (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007), the University of Hamburg (2004), the Copenhaguen Graduate School (2004), the University of Las Palmas (2007), and the University of Murcia (2007). He has directed ten doctoral dissertations and twenty-three master theses.
He serves on the editorial and scientific boards of a number of journals such as Miscelánea, Atlantis, Estudios de Filología Moderna, Jezikoslovlje, Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense, Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, ITL-International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Revue Romane, and Cognitive Linguistics.
He was the editor of the Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada from 1998 to 2005 and is currently the editor of the Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics, and co-editor of the series Applications of Cognitive Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter). He has done occasional review work for the Journal of Pragmatics, TEXT, Cognitive Linguistics, Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Sciences and has been a member of the advisory committee of a number of international conferences including EURESCO in 2003, and the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in 2005 and 2007. He was president of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics from 2005 to 2011.
He has been the head organizer of two major international conferences, the 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (University of La Rioja, 2003) and the 44th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (University of La Rioja, 2011). He has also organized four other smaller conferences and several workshops and seminars.