Advisor: Francois Tochon
I was born and raised in the New York area; I studied sociology and Spanish as undergraduate at Ohio State University, and afterwards, inspired by Freire’s theories, I was an ESL teacher in Latin America. I loved teaching so much that I went back to school and got my MA in TESOL from NYU. In addition to teaching in Latin America, I have also taught in a private college and in urban community colleges in the NY/NJ area, and I am now a full-time lecturer in EFL at Tsinghua University in Beijing. I treasure diversity and before coming to Madison I lived in Queens NY, one of the most diverse places in the world. In my research I hope to combine my love of languages and other cultures with my background in sociology (a subject in which I did graduate coursework). I’m interested in sociolinguistics (especially Bourdieu’s theories on the relationship bewteen language and power) and World Englishes from a conflict theoretic vantage point;my current research focuses on the effect English has on the social class structure in China.