I'm a linguistic anthropologist and applied linguist with a focus on language, race, and popular culture. I have expertise in workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), change management, multi-sited ethnography, intercultural communication, classroom observation, and stakeholder engagement.
📌 Languages I research and study: Swahili, Spanish, Arabic, African American Language (AAL), Pohnpeian.
Using methods of observation, description, and critical discourse analysis, I join with people in real life and on the Internet--in their homes, and places of work and learning--to understand who they are and how they see the world.
📌 I teach and collaborate with a focus on equity, justice, and local community engagement. I am an award-winning specialist in online teaching and designing and delivering workplace professional development.
My 2024 forthcoming book is an ode to viral Black language:
Zombies Speak Swahili: Race, Horror, and Sci-Fi from Mexico to Tanzania and Hollywood (Oxford University Press).
I'm also lead editor of the 2019 multi-disciplinary anthology on race and the body, Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse (Lexington Press).
📌 Now available in paperback!
#LanguageStory is a video series and blog I created to discuss people-centered perspectives on communication, intercultural learning, and the impact of anthropological research.