Specialties/Research Interests:

  • Cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics, second language and cross-cultural humor, humor and politeness, bilingualism and identity, second language teaching methodology and assessment.

Started out with research into second-language pragmatics, I have become more and more interested in spontaneous conversational humor and other forms of linguistic creativity.

Professional Experience:

  • Elementary Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Intermediate Russian
  • Language of Modernism
  • Second language teaching methods
  • Contemporary Russian culture
  • Using Canvas to create assessment activities
  • Assessing students’ oral proficiency in the classroom and beyond
  • Connecting research and foreign language classroom
  • Assessing learners’ sociocultural proficiency
Literature, Language Studies, Russian
PhD, Bryn Mawr College, 2005