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I am an applied linguist, with research and teaching specializations in the areas of discourse analysis, the language of digital media, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and cultural issues in language teaching.
For the last 8 years, I have been studying the language of online consumer reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Amazon. My book, The Discourse of Online Consumer Reviews (Bloomsbury, 2014), provides an in-depth analysis of the discourse features that are typical of this genre of CMC (computer mediated communication). My research on this topic has also appeared in journals such as Discourse, Context & Media, Journal of Pragmatics and Narrative Inquiry.
In addition, I have published research on discourse in educational settings (Journal of Sociolinguistics, Text & Talk, and Canadian Modern Language Review), teacher-supervisor interactions (Discourse Studies, Research on Language and Social Interaction, and Linguistics and Education) as well as on issues related to second/foreign language instruction and language teacher preparation (TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research, Modern Language Journal).
I am the grateful recipient of two Fulbright Awards: a Junior Researcher Fellowship (Thailand, 2000) and a Specialist Grant (Hong Kong, 2013). In 2012, I served as a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist in Montevideo, Uruguay, where I conducted workshops for English language teachers on culture integration in language teaching. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University in 2005, I taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Thailand.
At present, I am a Professor in the Department of World Languages at USF, and I teach in the Applied Linguistics/TESL M.A. program. I offer courses such as Discourse Analysis (LIN 6932), Internet Language (LIN 6932), Sociolinguistics (LIN 6601), Cross-Cultural Issues in ESL (TSL 5525), and Pragmatics for Language Teaching (LIN 6748).
I have served on dissertation committees for students in related disciplines, such as Anthropology, Communication, and Education. I welcome inquiries from students who wish to pursue research in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and language/culture intersections.