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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and contributing faculty to the Program in Linguistics at West Chester University. I am also a visiting scientist at the Center for Women's Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My primary research interest lies in examining language and social interaction in scientific grant peer review meetings. Drawing on naturally occurring video recorded interactions of biomedical grant review panels, I examine how peer reviewers deliver initial grant rankings, construct and develop topics of talk, and negotiate final decisions on the ranking of grants. The goal of this research is to identify and analyze the micro-level communicative practices that are of social consequence to decision-making in the peer review setting, as well as those practices that may serve as a vehicle for introducing implicit reviewer bias into peer review panels.

My broader research interests focus on language and social practice in both meetings and everyday conversations, the use of technology and new media in social interaction,  turn-initial particles and discourse markers in American English, and issues of language, communication, and identity in the United States, particularly with respect to gender and sexuality. I have a range of teaching interests in linguistics and discourse analysis, including topics in conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, the grammar and phonology of English, and pragmatics.

In the past I have taught for the programs in Anthropology and Linguistics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Departments of Linguistics and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Colorado's department of Linguistics, where I was involved with the program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice and the Graduate Teacher Program, and completed a postdoc at the Center for Women's Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.