I am Professor of Linguistic Ethnography in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I gained my PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, a programme which combined sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, classroom discourse, second language acquisition and language policy/planning. These areas continue to shape my study of language in social life.
I started my academic career as a research assistant working on others' funded projects. This trajectory has created a commitment to collaborative research, particularly in large diverse, interdisciplinary research teams. Over the last four years I have served as the principal investigator on two research projects. The first, 'Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities' (TLANG) (https://tlang.org.uk/), was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This project involved 6 collaborating universities and eight non- academic stakeholders, comprising 33 team members. The project’s overarching question was: ‘How do people communicate in contexts of linguistic and social diversity?’. The second project, also funded by the AHRC through its Global Challenges Research Fund, investigated the potential of translanguaging as a decolonizing pedagogy in South African university classrooms. The project was a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cape Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qzLD1s6Bes&feature=youtu.be).
I am interested in recruiting doctoral students in the following areas: multilingualism, every day interactions in social life, language and ideology.