AREAS OF INTEREST
stylistics, literary pragmatics, discourse analysis, foreign language literacy development, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, genre theory, narrative theory, 20th- and 21st-century German literature
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, German Literature and Culture, December 2006 Dissertation: Legitimizing Lives: Stylistic Elements of Testimonial Practice in Contemporary German Literature (Advisor: Claire Kramsch)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, German, November 2001
B.A. Ball State University, magna cum laude in German and Classical Languages, May 2000 Thesis: Greece Reawakening: Germanic Hellenism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Advisor: Edward Kadletz)
University of Arizona, Tucson, German Department ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GERMAN. Fall 2008 - present.
University of California, Berkeley, German Department ASSISTANT COORDINATOR OF THE GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM. Fall 2003 -Summer 2004 SUMMER GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM COORDINATOR. Summer 2003. INSTRUCTOR OF GERMAN. Fall 2000 - Spring 2005.
Ball State University, Department of Modern Languages and Classics TEACHING ASSISTANT. Fall 1997 - Spring 1998.
(2012). The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in Contemporary German Social Autobiography. London/New York: Routledge.
Chapters in Books
- (2014). Mapping New Classrooms in Literacy-Oriented Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: The Role of the Reading Experience, eds. Janet Swaffar and Per Urlaub. Heidelberg/New York: Springer.
- (2014). Literature as Discourse and Dialogue: Rapport Management and Emine Sevgi Özdamar's ‘Blackeye and His Donkey’. Pragmatics and Literary Stylistics. eds. Billy Clark and Siobhan Chapman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- (2014). Digital games as practices and texts: New literacies and genres in an L2 German classroom. With Jonathon Reinhardt and Kristin Lange. Digital Literacies in Foreign Language Education: Research, Perspectives, and Best Practices (Calico Monograph), eds. J. Pettes-Guikema & L. Williams.
- (2014)Literary Pragmatics and Stylistics. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. ed., Michael Burke. London/New York: Routledge
- (2013). Gerade Dir hat er eine Botschaft gesendet: Contact Pragmatics and the Teaching of Foreign Language Texts. With David Gramling. Traditions and Transitions in German Curricula, eds. John Plews and Barbara Schmenk. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
- (2012) Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language As Culture. Pedagogical Stylistics Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT, eds. Michael Burke, Szilvia Csabi, Week and Judit Zerkowitz. London: Continuum.
Articles in Journals
- (2014). Kontaktpragmatik: fremdsprachliche Literatur und symbolische Beweglichkeit. With David Gramling. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Special Volume on Literature in German Foreign Language Teaching.
- (2011). A Turkish Tale: Genre, Subjectivity, and the Controversy around Feridun Zaimoğlu's Leyla. Gegenwartsliteratur, 10: 181-206.
- (2011). Rethinking the Role of Language Study in Internationalizing Higher Education. L2 Journal, 3.1: 1-21.
- (2010). Linguistic Practice, Stylistics and the Advanced Language/Literature Classroom. With David Gramling. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy. Glenn Levine and Alison Phipps, eds. AAUSC Issues in Language Program Direction. Boston, MA: Heinle.
- (2009). Hey, you! The Germans! Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language as Culture. Unterrichtspraxis, 42.1: 162-168.
- (2009). Speaking from Experience: Deixis and Point of View in Verena Stefan's Shedding. Language and Literature, 18.1: 7-23. Awarded the PALA Award for best article by a newcomer to the field of stylistics for 2009.
- (2007). Framing Foreign Language Education in the U.S. The Case of German. with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell & Chad Wellmon. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 4.3/4: 151-178.
- (2004). It's Just a Game Right?: Types of Play in Foreign Language CMC. Language Learning and Technology, 8.2: 69-87.
- (2002). Computer-Mediated ‘Chatting:’ the design and implementation of network-based activities in the German classroom. The Berkeley Language Center Newsletter 18.1: 9-10.
- (2014). Making Multilingualism Material. With David Gramling. Introduction to Critical Multilingualism Studies, 2:1: 1-6.
- (2013). Introduction. With David Gramling. Introduction to Critical Multilingualism Studies, 1.2: 1-6.
- (2012). Critical Multilingualism Studies: An Invitation. With David Gramling. Introduction to Critical Multilingualism Studies, 1.1: 1-11.
Invited Talks and Workshops
- Facebook und konversationale Macht (Facebook and Conversational Power). Herder Institute for German as a Foreign Language. Leipzig, Germany, June 2013.
- Teaching Texts: Literacy in the German Classroom. DAAD Workshop, “DaF in den USA: Grundzüge und Perspektiven.” Berkeley, California, November 2013..
- Becoming Multlingual: Fostering Symbolic Awareness in the Language Classroom. Center for Educational Resources in Language, Literacy and Culture Summer Workshop, Tucson, May 2012.
- Teaching Texts: Pedagogical Stylistics in the Language Classroom. Center for Educational Resources in Language, Literacy and Culture Summer Workshop, Tucson, June 2010.
- (co-authored with David Gramling) Literature as Linguistic Practice: Bourdieu, Stylistics, and the Advanced Language/Literature Classroom. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy, Irvine, March 2009.
- Multiculturalism, Memory and Autobiography. Goodbye Germany? Migration, Culture and the Nation State, an interdisciplinary German Studies conference, Berkeley, October 2004.
- Planning and Conducting the Foreign Language Session. Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Orientation Conference, Berkeley, August 2004.
- Literature in Second Language Education by Piera Carroli, 2008. London and New York: Continuum, in Language and Literature, 2010. 19: 226-229.
- Lagune Kursbuch 3 by Hartmut Aufderstasse, Julia Mueller und Thomas Storz, 2008. Ismaning: Hueber, in Unterrichtspraxis. Teaching German, 2008, 41.2: 72-81.
- The Author by Andrew Bennett, 2005. London and New York: Routledge, in Language and Literature, 2008. 17: 97-99.
- Textual Metonymy: A Semiotic Approach by Abdul Gabbar Mohammed Al-Sharafi, 2004. London: Palgrave Macmillian, in Language and Literature, 2006. 15: 323-325.
- “Internationalization as Desideratum and Discourse.” in session The Role of Foreign Language Education in the Context of Institutional Globalization. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon (invited by panel organizer), March 2014..
- “Preparing Foreign Language Teachers to Teach Literacy through Literature.” American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Orlando, Florida, November 2013.
- “Curricula Across the Language?: Turning the Advanced German Course into a Site of Transdisciplinary Study.” American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Orlando, Florida, November 2013.
- The Texture of the Wall: A Cognitive-Pragmatics Approach to Sarah Kirsch’s ‘Nature Preserve’. Poetics and Linguistics Association. Heidelberg, Germany, 2013.
- Multilingual Conversationality in Social Networking Spaces. American Association of Applied Linguistics. Dallas, Texas, March, 2013.
- The Role of Mind Style, Point of View, and Stance in Reader Responses to German Pop Novels. Poetics and Linguistics Association. St. Julians, Malta, July 2012.
- Cognitive Empathy, Resonance, and Disposition: The Ambivalent Responses to the Pop Novels of Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. German Studies Association. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 2012.
- Teaching German in an Internationalized Curriculum: The Importance of Symbolic Awareness and Pragmatic Positioning. Reset/Reboot/Recoop: The New College Language and Culture Studies. Fourth Biennial German Studies Workshop, Austin, February 2011.
- The Language of Authenticity: Teaching Towards Intercultural Aesthetics through Autobiographical Literature. American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Denver, November 2011.
- Autobiographical Positioning in the Mother Biographies of Peter Handke and Georg Diez. German Studies Association. Louisville, September 2011.
- Literary Style as Facework. International Pragmatics Association. Manchester, UK, July 2011.
- Literary Context as Hypertext in session Promoting Inter/Transcultural Literacy Through Literature. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Boston, November 2010.
- Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language as Culture: the Case of Young Werther. Poetics and Linguistics Association, Genoa, Italy, July 2010.
- Fostering Translingual Competence through Pragmatic Stylistics. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, March 2010.
- Crossing the Field: Using Bourdieu to Bridge Literary Linguistics and Cultural Studies. The Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December 2008.
- Co-presenting in American Association of Teachers of German Session, (Re)conceptionalizing 1st year German at the College Level. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Orlando, 2008.
- Positioning Voices in Feminist Confessions, Poster presentation. Women in German Conference, Salt Lake City, 2008.
- A Turkish Tale: Genre, Subjectivity, and the Controversy around Feridun Zaimoglu's Leyla. The German Studies Association Conference, St. Paul, October 2008.
- Towards a Theory of Literature as Linguistic Practice. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Sheffield, England, July 2008.
- Schema Trouble: the Case of James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. The Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2006.
- Speaking from Experience: Positioning Voice in Testimonial Literature. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Joensuu, Finland, July 2006.
- The Politics of Haunted Voices: Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise. National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies, London, UK, April 2006.
- Face and Footing in Literary Texts. The Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D.C., December 2005.
- The Style of Authenticity: Keeping it ‘Real’ in German Social Autobiographies. The joint conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and the International Association of Applied Linguistics as part of a symposium on cognitive poetics, Madison, July 2005.
- Literature as Linguistic Practice. The Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2004.
- Putting the Text Back in Textbook. The Foreign Language Association of Northern California, Berkeley, November 2004.
- You Are What You Speak: Code-Switching as Position-Taking in Simon Vestdijk's Pastorale 1943. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, New York, July 2004.
- Redefining Communication via Computer Media. University of California Consortium Conference on Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, Santa Cruz, March 2004.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2010. Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) Award. For the best article published in the journal Language and Literature by a newcomer to the field of stylistics. Awarded for the article “Speaking from Experience: Deixis and Point of View in Verena Stefan's Shedding” (v. 18: 7-23).
- University of California, Berkley Campus-wide Teaching Effectiveness Award: Awarded to a small number of outstanding graduate student instructors who have made a significant contribution to teaching and learning in their departments.
- 2003. Campus-wide Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award: Nominated by the German Department for exceptional undergraduate teaching.
- 2002. Berkeley Language Center Fellowship: Tuition, fees and fellowship to support a research project in second language acquisition, in which I designed and piloted network-based activities, using synchronous computer-mediated communication in the second-semester German classroom, University of California, Berkeley.
- 2002. Bancroft Library Research Award: Summer stipend for research using archival materials at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley.
- 2001. Queen Beatrix Scholarship: For excellence in Dutch Studies, University of California Berkeley.
REFEREE AND EDITORIAL WORK
- 2013. anonymous reviewer for Language and Intercultural Communication.
- 2013. anonymous reviewer for Calico Journal.
- 2012-present. founding co-editor of Critical Multilingualism Studies.2012. anonymous reviewer for Unterrichtspraxis.
- 2011. anonymous reviewer for Intercultural Pragmatics.
- 2011. manuscript reviewer for the publisher Continuum.
- 2010. anonymous reviewer for AAUSC volume Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century.
- 2009-2010. anonymous reviewer for the journal L2.
- 2006-2008. anonymous reviewer for the journal Language Learning and Technology.
- 2004-2005. member of the editorial board for the online German Studies journal TRANSIT.
2011. Collaboration and Innovation Grant from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry: For the project “Multilingual, 2.0?,” Co-PI with David Gramling and Asli Igsiz, 40% effort, $24,427.
2011-2013. CERCLL (Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy) Project Grant. Language Resource Center Title VI Grant. PI, Co-Investigators Katia Bezzera (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Asli Igsiz (Middle Eastern and North African Studies), and Sonia Shiri (Middle Eastern and North African Studies), 50% effort, $34,745.