Professor and PhD Advisor of Applied Linguistics
Offices: USF Tampa CPR 438Curriculum Vitae
I am an applied linguist, with research and teaching specializations in the areas of discourse analysis, the language of digital media, sociolinguistics and pragmatics.
For over a decade, I have been studying the language of online consumer reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, Amazon and Airbnb. I am the author of The Discourse of Online Consumer Reviews (Bloomsbury, 2014), which provides an in-depth analysis of the discourse features that are typical of this genre of digital communication. My research on review language has also appeared in journals such as Current Issues in Tourism, Food & Foodways, Journal of Pragmatics and Visual Communication.
My most recent book is Language, Creativity and Humour Online (Routledge, 2019). In it, I explore diverse forms of linguistic creativity on Twitter, Tumblr, and other digital platforms. My research on linguistic creativity and various forms of self-expression online can also be found in journals such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Narrative Inquiry and Discourse, Context & Media.
I am the grateful recipient of two Fulbright Awards, which have supported my scholarly activities in Thailand (2000) and Hong Kong (2013). In 2012, I served as a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist in Montevideo, Uruguay. 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.
I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of World Languages at USF, where I currently serve as the Graduate Director for the LALS (Linguistics and Applied Language Studies) PhD Program. I regularly teach courses such as Discourse Analysis (LIN 6932), Internet Language (LIN 6932), Sociolinguistics (LIN 6601), Cross-Cultural Issues in ESL (TSL 5525), and Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics (LIN 7638). I welcome inquiries from students who wish to pursue research in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, or pragmatics.