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.
Work in Progress
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Chapters in Books
- (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
- (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.
- (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
- 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.
- 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.