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The University of South Florida Department of World Languages would like to acknowledge the following alumni for completing their Ph.D. in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS). Congratulations, bulls! 

(Alumni in alphabetical order; year of graduation in parenthesis)

Dr. Oksana Bomba (2023)

Current position: Instructor, University of Montana 
Dissertation title: The discussion-conclusion section of quantitative versus qualitative research articles in second language writing: Rhetorical structure and interactional metadiscourse
Dissertation committee: Wei Zhu (Chair), Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Amanda Huensch, and Brandon Tullock

Dr. Judith Bridges (2019)

Current position: Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of World Languages, University of South Florida
Dissertation title: [X]splaining gender, race, class, and body: Metapragmatic disputes of linguistic authority and ideologies on Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr
Dissertation committee: Camilla Vásquez (Chair), Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Amanda Huensch, and Nicole Tracy-Ventura

Dr. Tuc Chau (2023)

Current position: Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara
Dissertation title: 
The relationships between L1, writing quality, and complexity, accuracy, and fluency in L2 writing
Dissertation committee: Matt Kessler (Chair), Amanda Huensch, Brandon Tullock, and Wei Zhu

Dr. Antonella Gazzardi (2023) 

Dissertation title: English use in Italian contexts: A digital ethnographic study of language ideological discourses 
Dissertation committee: Camilla Vásquez (Chair), Amanda Huensch, Brandon Tullock, and Wei Zhu 

Dr. Özge Guney (2023) 

Current position: Instructor, Hillsborough Community College
Dissertation title: The transformative impact of a semester-long US-based GELT course on pre-/in-service teachers' cognition and classroom practices
Dissertation committee: Brandon Tullock (Chair), Ali Fuad Selvi, Nicole Tracy-Ventura, and Wei Zhu

Dr. Yaqian Jiang (2022)

Current position: Instructor, Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University
Dissertation title: The making of microcelebrities on Douyin: Multimodal design and online identities in informal English instruction videos
Dissertation committee: Camilla Vásquez (Chair), Wei Zhu, Amanda Huensch, and Brandon Tullock

Dr. Ramona Kreis (2019)

Current position: Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Literature, University of Bremen
Dissertation title: Right-wing, nationalist discourses and counter-discourses on Twitter during the European migrant crisis
Dissertation committee: Camilla Vásquez (Chair), Jennifer Wolgemuth, Nicole Tracy-Ventura, and Tara Deubel

Dr. Beibei Ren (2023)

Dissertation title:  L2 writer identity construction in academic written discourse: A multi-case study
Dissertation committee: Wei Zhu (Chair), Matt Kessler, Brandon Tullock, and Nicole Tracy-Ventura