I recently completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is divided into separate streams; I am part of the World Language Education program. I also have PhD minors in Second Language Acquisition and Qualitative Methods in Education. My dissertation was on resistance in the classroom in an Arabic immersion program. Currently, I’m working on two articles: one on students’ identity-building work in the language classroom, and the other on displays of epistemic knowledge.
My latest project investigates the acquisition and use of target-language (in this case, Arabic) markers. I recently presented some preliminary findings at the Forum for Arabic Linguistics, and now I’m digging into my 60 plus hours of data. Another research project in the works focuses on students’ metalinguistic displays.