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. Together with my colleague David Gramling, I am also founding co-editor of the journal Critical Multilingualism Studies.
My research considers multiple language use, as a site of struggle, creativity, play, and resistance. In particular, she is interested in the social, aesthetic, and affective dimensions of literacy practices across languages and in how they are evaluated and valued by speakers and readers—especially those who are relative newcomers to the languages and cultures at hand. This work has drawn me to a range of different media and modalities, from poetry to digital games, from personal narrative to social media sites.
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 addressed in curriculum design and teaching practices. In my role as Language Program Director for German Studies at the University of Arizona, I have led 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.