I received my doctorate in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Discourse and Grammar from the University of Arizona in 2002. I joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and am currently an associate professor of Japanese linguistics and pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. During the academic year of 2017-2018, I serve as Acting Director of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies.
My research interests include discourse and grammar, interactional linguistics, historical pragmatics, pedagogical grammar, and teaching Japanese as a foreign language. My research is rooted in a usage-based perspective to language which takes the view that language use shapes language form and meaning.
- PhD in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
- MA in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
- Exchange: Japan Teacher Training Program, Bryn Mawr College
- MA in Teaching: English as a Second Language, Whitworth College
- Elementary Japanese I-II (JAPN 201-202)
- Intermediate Japanese I-II (JAPN203-204)
- Fourth-year Japanese I-II (JAPN440-441)
- Teaching Japanese as a Second Language I-II (JAPN460-461)
- Colloquium in EALC: From a language learner to a language teacher (EALC 398)
- Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (JAPN430)
- East Asian Language Pedagogy (EALC560)
- Seminar in SLA: Materials Evaluation and Design for Foreign Language Teaching (EALC/LING588)