I am Associate Professor of German and a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. I am also co-director of a Title IV Language Resource Center on our campus, CERCLL-the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy.
My academic work crosses literacy studies, stylistics, and second language teaching and learning. My research considers language use and in particular multiple language use, as a site of struggle, creativity, play, and resistance. I am especially interested in the aesthetic, affective and practical dimensions of literacy practices across languages and in how they are evaluated and valued by speakers and readers. For example, my 2013 monograph, The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony, examines the poetic effects of realism, immediacy, exemplarity, genuineness, and relevance experienced by many readers, which seem to contribute to the testimonial glamour of certain kinds of personal narratives.
In my more recent research, I have focused on experiential and poetic dimensions of foreign language literacy development and sought to understand how these aspects of multiple language learning can be more adequately address in curriculum design and teaching practices. In my role as Language Program Director for German Studies at the Universoty of Arizona, I am currently supervising curriculum development projects, which explore how learners' encounters with literacy practices ranging from canonical literature to digital gaming genres can enable students to explore the rich and complex affects experienced when living and learning multiple languages. A central focus of this project is the particularities of language learners who have been made vulnerable or peripheral by local policies and preoccupations related to border zones. This research is partially supported through a large grant project on Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, the State, which is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK and led by Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow).
I have published in the fields of German Studies, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, and stylistics. A complete list of my publications can be found here.