Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I completed an MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001 and a PhD in Germanic Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. My teaching and research interests are intentionally interdisciplinary, ranging from German and European culture, literature and language, to several subfields of linguistics (sociolinguistics, dialectology, linguistic anthropology, internet linguistics). While my professional passions are teaching and language, privately I enjoy tinkering with computers and technology, exercising, home brewing, hiking, fishing the many streams of Upstate NY, writing plays, reading, escorting Frida and Diego (my two [spoiled] dachshunds) on walks, and training in Mixed Martial Arts.
Learning German: A Journey through Language and Culture. Video course with The Great Courses© (forthcoming, 2019).
Courses Taught (German and European Studies)
German 350: Contemporary German-Language Film
German 327: German Conversation and Stylistics
German 309: Introduction to German Literature
German 303: German Civilization in a European Context
German 316: Modern German Drama: Controversial Plays of the 20th Century
Courses Taught (Linguistics)
Linguistics 242: Language and the Mind
Linguistics 243: Language in the World
Linguistics 210: Uncovering English: Sociocultural, Ideological, and Historical Perspectives
Linguistics 275: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Inquiry & Methods
Linguistics 232: Introduction to Linguistics
Anthropology 290: Sociocultural Linguistics
Courses Taught (First-Year Seminars)
Critical Thought and Expression Across the Curriculum
Language: The Unique Human System
Courses Taught (in Honors Program)
Ithaca Cultural Encounters
International Scholarly Conversations
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