Ph.D., Georgetown University, Department of Linguistics (2009)
Talking Back to Newt Gingrich: Discourse Strategies in the Construction of Language Ideologies Committee: Deborah Schiffrin (chair), Heidi Hamilton, Deborah Tannen
M.S., Georgetown University, Department of Linguistics (2008)
B.A. with High Distinction, The University of Virginia, Italian and French Studies (2001)
Honors Thesis (Italian): Il Conformista: The Adaptation of Abnormality (Christina Della Coletta, advisor)
L’Università di Bologna, Italian linguistics and literature courses (1999-2000)
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Linguistics, August 2015-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, August 2011-July 2015
University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
Visiting Professor, Department of English, May 2016
Hellenic American University (Athens, Greece)
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics
Distance part-time faculty, January 2011-present
Resident full-time faculty, September 2009-December 2010
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Teaching Associate, Department of Linguistics, 2005-2009
Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, 2004-2005
Research Assistant, Department of Linguistics, 2003-2004
Teaching, Research, and Travel Awards
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Doyle Seminar Selection/Funding (1500 USD), 2018
University of Vienna Non-EU Teaching Mobility Program, 2016 (Visiting Professorship, Summer Session)
Georgetown McDonough School of Business, Intensive Learning Experience Proposal (course catalogued 2016)
Georgetown University Summer Academic Grant, 2015 (USD 10,000)
Georgetown University Summer Academic Grant, 2013 (USD 9,500)
University of Vienna Researcher Mobility Program Grant, Office for International Affairs, 2012 (EUR 350)
Georgetown University Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowship, 2003-2009 (full tuition and stipend)
Georgetown University Graduate School Travel Grant, 2006, 2007, 2008 (conference travel expenses)
Georgetown University Department of Linguistics Travel Grant, 2008 (conference travel expenses)
Under contract. Intercultural Communication: An Interactional Sociolinguistic Approach. London: Routledge.
2017. Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse, and Political Identity. London: Routledge.
Articles, Chapters, Edited Collections
In preparation. (with Michal Marmorstein). From talkbacks to talkbackists: Generic structure and language ideology in Israeli digital discourse. To be submitted to Discourse, Context & Media.
In preparation. (co-edited with Michele Koven). Multi-Centered Approaches to Language and Transnational Migration. Thematic special issue of Language in Society.
2018. (with Alexander Nikolaou). Representations of Self and Other in narratives of return migration. In C. Ghezzi, P. Molinelli, & K. Beeching (eds.), Positioning Self and Other: Linguistic Traces. John Benjamins.
2017. Sociolinguistics in and for the media. In B. Childs, C. Mallinson, & G. Van Herk (eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications, 2nd edition. Routledge.
2017. Performing politics: From the town hall to inauguration. In R. Wodak & B. Forchtner (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics. London: Routledge. 398-411.
2016. The idiolect of Donald Trump. Scientific American, Guest Blog. March 25, 2016.
2015. Family as a framing resource for political identity construction: Introduction sequences in presidential primary debates. Language in Society 44(3): 369-399.
2013. Sociolinguistics in and for the media. In B. Childs, C. Mallinson, & G. Van Herk (eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications. Routledge.
2012. Parodic performances as indexical negatives of style. In J.M. Hernández-Campoy & J.A. Cutillas-Espinosa (eds.), Style-Shifting in Public: New Perspectives on Stylistic Variation. John Benjamins.
2009. Martha Stewart behaving Badly: Parody and the symbolic meaning of style. Journal of Sociolinguistics 13(5): 613-633.
2008a. The intertextual origins of public opinion: Constructing Ebonics in the New York Times. Discourse & Society 19(4): 507-527.
2008b. Newt Gingrich, bilingualism and ‘ghetto’ language: Online constructions of language ideology. Texas
Linguistics Forum (Proceedings of the Symposium About Language and Society – Austin 16) 52: 131-142.
2008c. Review of Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts, by Judith Baxter (ed.). Women & Language 31(1): 63-64.
2007. Dialect Jeopardy. Instructional game for Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians. With Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser.
Media Interviews and Appearances (selected)
The Washington Post – on Trump’s linguistic style, article and video
PBS News Hour – on language of 2018 State of the Union Address, article
BBC Radio 4 – on Trump’s linguistic style, radio interview
CNN – on Trump’s most commonly used words, article
CBC Radio, Day 6 – on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, article and radio interview
The Guardian – on Trump’s reference to Manchester attackers as “losers,” article
The Daily Mail – on Trump’s language and projection of authenticity as candidate, article
LA Times – on Trump’s use of “believe me”, article
Think Progress – on Trump’s language, identity, and candidacy, article
New York Daily News – on language of GOP presidential candidates, article
Live Science – on popular appeal of Trump’s language, article
Inside Sources – on Republican attempt to reclaim Clinton’s “deplorables”, article
Voice of America – on presidential debates, Trump’s linguistic style
Yomiuri Shimbun – on Trump’s “incoherent” discourse
Bustle – on language of Clinton and Trump during primary campaigns
Quartz – on gender differences and misunderstandings in language
Refereed Presentations and Panel Organization
- (with A. Nikolaou). Being between and betwixt: Discursive constructions of ‘authentic’ and ‘hybrid’ identities of Greekness in narratives of return migration. Europe in Discourse 1, Athens, Greece.
- Polycentric approaches to language and transnational migration. Thematic panel co-organized with M. Koven. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain.
- (with A. Nikolaou). Metalinguistic discourse on “Grenglish”: Polycentric orientations to hybridity among return migrants. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain.
- (with A. Nikolaou). Polycentric positioning and transnational identity construction in narratives of “return” migration. International Pragmatics Association Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.
- (with A. Nikolaou). Representations of Self and Other in narratives of return migration. International Pragmatics Association Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.
- (with A. Nikolaou). Positioning transnational identity in narratives of return migration. Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
- (with A. Nikolaou). Polycentricity, positioning, and identity in narratives of return migration. Language and Social Interaction Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
- “Well…”: Discourse management, control, and political identity in presidential primary debates. Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, Oregon.
- (with A. Nikolaou). A narrative analysis of return migration, hybrid identity and language ideologies from the Greek Diaspora. Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, Oregon.
- Tim(ing) is of the essence: The construction of political identity in U.S. presidential primary debates. Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Berlin, Germany.
- Metaphor variation in public language debates: A new avenue for discourse-based attitude research. Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, Southampton, England.
- Mock Gringo Spanish and the exposure of racist political discourse. American Association of Anthropology (AAA), Philadelphia, PA.
Also served as panel co-organizer: The Parody of Politics and the Politics of Parody.
- Discourse variation in the construction of ‘ghetto language’ communities. Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 37, Houston, TX.
- Newt Gingrich, bilingualism, and ‘ghetto’ language: Online constructions language ideology. Symposium about Language and Society (SALSA) XVI, Austin, TX.
- The intertextual construction of language attitudes and ideologies on a U.S. internet discussion board. Sociolinguistics Symposium (SS) 17, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Talking back to Newt Gingrich: Multimodal constructions of language ideology on Youtube.com. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Washington, DC.
- Martha Stewart Style: Using parody to uncover the symbolic meaning of linguistic style. NWAV 36, Philadelphia, PA.
- The intertextual origins of public opinion: The 1996 Oakland Ebonics controversy in the New York Times. AAAL Costa Mesa, CA.
- Existential variation in AAVE: A preliminary investigation in Washington, DC. NWAV 34, New York, NY.
- Voicing the Other to construct the Self: Identity construction in narrative. Georgetown Linguistics Society (GLS) Language and Identity Tapestry Conference, Washington, DC.
Invited Lectures and Workshops (Selected)
- Coming out of the locker room: Lessons on language and gender from presidential politics. Webinar designed
for NEPDEC.org (Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium).
- Political discourse and the idiolect of Donald Trump. Presented to the Vienna Linguistics Society, May
- Talking about and across genderlects. Presented to Peace Corps Headquarters Staff in Washington, DC as
part of International Women’s Day and Foreign Language Awareness Week Celebration.
- Non-traditional academic jobs: Non-tenure-line and overseas employment. Georgetown Linguistics
Department Teaching Practicum.
- Communicating across gender lines at work. UTC Finance Women’s Forum. Hartford, CT.
- The Construction of political identity in U.S. presidential primary debates. University of Vienna, Faculty of
English Language and Literature. Vienna, Austria.
- Sclafani, Jennifer. Cross-cultural communication in the classroom: The need for teacher-researchers. TESOL
Greece, Athens, Greece.
- Gender and (mis)communication among college students. Georgetown University (McCarthy Residence
Hall), Washington, DC.
Language and Identity
Language and Politics
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Language and Society
Women, Men, and Language
Introduction to Language
Language, Sexual Assault, and the Media (tutorial)
Hellenic American University
Language and Communication – Academic Writing
Language in Society (traditional delivery and e-course)
Understanding Research in Applied Linguistics
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Theory and Methods in TESOL
Introduction to the English Language (traditional delivery and e-course)
Language and Society
Language and Mind (e-course)
Doctoral Seminars (Faculty Support):
Discourse as Data: From Analyzing Academic Discourse to Writing Up the Analysis
Current Issues in Language Teaching and Teacher Education
Issues in Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice
COMMITTEES AND MENTORING
Doctoral dissertation mentor:
Hamdan, Nadine. What it means to be Lebanese: Identity construction in Hasan Nasrallah’s speeches. (Arabic and
Islamic Studies; December 2017)
Doctoral dissertation committee member:
Al-Rashdi, Fathiya. The communicative functions of emoticons in Whatsapp interaction among Omanis. (2015)
Undergraduate thesis mentor:
Skibinsky, Mika. “Asian Chicken Salad”- The Language Politics of Food. (Linguistics, in progress)
Coughlin, Kathleen. Hamilton and intertextuality: Constructing coherence, characters, and relationships in musical
theatre. (Linguistics, 2017)
Klein, Michelle. The sexualization of female rap musicians in media interviews (Linguistics, 2016)
Pagni, Caitriona. Spanish interpreting in the courtroom. (School of Foreign Service, 2016)
Murray, Katherine. Transgender voices: Language use and perceptions of transgender individuals. (Linguistics,
Regan, Heather. The role of cross-cultural linguistics in state-issued apologies and diplomatic relations. (School of
Foreign Service, 2014).
Sullivan, Hannah. Code-switching and identity among Palestinian students in East Jerusalem. (Linguistics, 2014)
MA/PhD Exam committees:
Raymond, Annabelle (Italian Studies, 2018)
Al Rashdi, Fathiya (Linguistics, 2014)
Fowler, Josh (Arabic, 2013)
Hamdan, Nadine (Arabic, 2013)
Grieser, Jessi (Linguistics, 2012)
Hellenic American University
MA thesis mentor:
Blackburn, Joey. Language accommodation strategies in business interactions with non-native English speakers.
Karoussou, Kleopatra. Use of the mother tongue in the EFL classroom. (2011).
Pantelatou, Georgia. Authenticity in the EFL curriculum: A proposed syllabus. (2011).
Spyrou, Agoritsa. An examination of speech acts in Greek EFL textbooks: implications for teaching pragmatic
Other University Service
Masters of Language and Communication Admissions committee, Georgetown University, 2015, 2016
Faculty advisor, Georgetown Graduate Society of Arabic Language, Linguistics and Literature, 2014-2015
Academic mentor for 9 students in the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program, HAU, 2009-2011
Elected member of the University Academic Committee, HAU, 2010
Writing Center consultant for Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, HAU, 2009-2010
OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Ad hoc article referee
Blackwell’s Language and Linguistics Compass
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics Proceedings
Journal of Language and Politics
Language in Society
LiCus (Croatian journal for literature and cultural studies)
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication
Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics
Textbook and research volume reviewer
Routledge, 2017, 2018
John Benjamins, 2014
Scientific Committee Member
Sociolinguistics Symposium (Murcia, Spain), 2016
Conference abstract reviewer
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics (GURT), 2017
ICLaVE 9 (Malaga, Spain), 2016
Sociolinguistics Symposium (Murcia, Spain), 2016
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics (GURT), 2015
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics (GURT), 2014
American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL), 2013
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics (GURT), 2011
Georgetown Linguistics Society (GLS) Conference on Language and Globalization, 2007
Relevant Non-ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
Reading Enrichment Instructor, The Institute of Reading Development (Bethesda, MD), 2005
ESL Teacher/Program Assistant Manager, The Boston Language Institute (Boston, MA), 2002-2003
English Language Teaching Assistant, Lycée Marey (Beaune, France), 2001-2002
EFL Teacher, Circolo Leonardo (Bologna, Italy), 1999-2000
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Language, politics, and the media
Language and gender
Language and identity
Language, migration, and globalization
Language attitudes and ideologies
Multilingualism and language contact
Professional applications of linguistics (e.g., education, journalism, business, medicine)
English – native
French – fluent
Italian – fluent
Spanish – basic oral, reading, writing
Modern Greek – basic oral, reading, writing
Arabic – basic oral, reading, writing