I am a graduate of the WLE department’s Ph.D. program – Linguistics and Applied Language
Studies (LALS). As an applied linguist, my research focuses primarily on sociolinguistics
and discourse analysis, with specific emphasis on the language of digital media. My
most recent works investigate how metapragmatic wordplay is used in social network
sites to dispute ideologies towards gender, race, and body size.
I am currently a visiting professor of Linguistics, teaching LIN and TSL courses such as Language and Society (UG), Applied Linguistics (MA), and the MA Internship course (TSL 6945). Previously, I have also taught French and ESL courses at USF.
I obtained my MA in Linguistics with a focus in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition from Missouri State University in 2011, and my BA in French and International Studies from Ole Miss in 2008.