I am a sociolinguist who works on sociolinguistic variation, sociolinguistic style, language, race, gender and identity, and methods of integrating ethnographic and quantitative analyses. I received my Ph.D in Linguistics from New York University.

My dissertation, “Dark-Skinned White Girls”: Linguistic and Ideological Variation Among White Women with African American Ties in the Urban Midwest, addresses issues pertaining to language, race and identity, American regional and ethnic dialects, L-vocalization, language ideology, gender and language, social and historical constructions of race, second dialect acquisition, language and media representations, discursive productions of racialized identity, and material style and consumptive practices and their relationship to linguistic practices.

I am an assistant professor and department head for ESL at Columbus College of Art and Design where I teach courses in ESL and critical theory and am developing curricula to grow content-based ESL course offerings. I recently taught courses in sociolinguistics and bilingual education, applied linguistics, second language learning and  literacy, and TESOL methods for University of Cincinnati’s graduate program in Literacy and Second Language Studies, and I previously taught linguistics and composition at the Ohio State University Lima Campus.

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