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I am an Associate Teaching Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. I am also on the faculty in the Department of Applied Linguistics at 
Hellenic American University. I hold a Ph.D. and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. My undergraduate degree was in French and Italian Studies from the University of Virginia.

My research is interdisciplinary in nature, combining insights and approaches from linguistics, anthropology, communication, and media studies. I have examined language ideologies of multilingualism and attitudes toward language policy in the United States and abroad in a multitude of data types and contexts, from newspaper discourse to internet discussion boards and YouTube videos. I have also published articles on the representation of race and gender in the media and the sociolinguistics of parodic performance.

I am currently involved in two research projects. First, I am writing a book that examines the discursive construction of presidential identities in US primary debates. The second recent research project, a collaboration with Dr. Alexander Nikolaou of Hellenic American University, examines the experiences and attitudes of Greek-Americans toward their heritage language as it relates to their experiences of return migration to Greece as adults.

n addition to teaching introductory and specialized courses in sociolinguistics at Georgetown, I regularly teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in cross-cultural communication, language and gender, and language and identity. At Hellenic American University, I have also taught courses on discourse analysis, research methods in applied linguistics, TESOL theory and methods, and academic writing for non-native speakers of English in both traditional and online formats. Outside the university setting, I have worked as an EFL/ESL (USA, Italy, and France) teacher and administrator (Boston), and as a reading and literacy teacher (Washington, DC).

I have also extended my teaching and research outside the walls of academia through volunteer work in the communities I have lived in over the past decade. This has included teaching English to migrant agricultural workers in rural Virginia, serving as an academic mentor to inner-city middle school students in Washington, DC, assisting in the Dialect Awareness Program for eighth-grade students in North Carolina, and working with  EFL instructors in Athens to develop their teaching practices and better serve their increasingly multicultural classrooms. I am also very excited to be spending time at the University of Vienna in Austria in the Spring of 2016 as a Visiting Professor, where I will be teaching a course on cross-cultural communication in the English Language and Literature Department.   

Although I am originally from the Boston area, I now spend my time between and Washington, DC and New England, with occasional visits to Europe. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my husband and twin daughters and eating good food - especially our homemade pasta.