Bio

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1994
  • B.A., English (with Highest Distinction), University of California, Berkeley, 1988

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Texas, Austin, 2006-present (Associate Professor 2001-06, Assistant Professor 1996-01)
  • Senior Fellow, School of Language & Literature, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2012
  • Director of Science, Technology and Society Program, University of Texas, Austin, 2003-2007
  • Visiting Lecturer, Linguistics Dept, University of Bremen, Germany, 2001
  • Visiting Researcher, CREDO (Centre de Recherche et Documentation sur l’Oceanie), Marseille, France, 2000
  • Faculty, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Illinois, 1999
  • Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Cognitive  Anthropology Research Group, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1994-96

EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS

  • co-editor, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 2001-2005
  • editorial board member: Language in Society, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Studies in Pragmatics, Encyclopedia of Discourse Studies, Pragmatics and Society

AWARDS

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Nominee, Friar Teaching Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
  • Rachael Dougherty Vaughan Memorial Fund Fellow, UT Austin, 2005
  • Fulbright Award Pohnpei, Micronesia, 1992-3
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of California at Berkeley, 1988

RESEARCH SPONSORS (in addition to the University of Texas at Austin)

  • National Science Foundation, “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” (co-PI with John Taylor and Sirkka Jarvenpaa), 2007-11
  • NTT DoCoMo, Japan, Research Grant: “Mobile Phone Use of Blind, Deaf, and Elderly,” 2006-7
  • NTT DoCoMo, Japan, Research Grant: “Societal Impacts of Mobile Phones in 15 Countries,” 2005-6
  • Humanities Texas for “Surveillance and You” Public Civic Forum for Austin  Community, 2006
  • Dell Computer Research Grant for: “How Culture and Technology Together Shape New Computer Tools: Investigating Interactions between Deaf Callers in Computer-Mediated Videotelephonic Communication,” 1999
  • Spencer Educational Foundation Research Grant for: “Examining Multi-Modal Conversational and Narrative Interactions of Deaf Children with Hearing Peers at School,” 1999
  • Hewlett Teaching Project on Collaborative Learning in Large Undergraduate Classes, University of Texas, Austin, 1998.
  • IBM Grant for “Influences of Innovations in Technology on Innovations in Language,” 1998
  • Southwestern Bell Research Grant for: “How Culture and Technology Together Shape New Communicative Tools: Investigating Interactions between Deaf and Hearing Callers in Computer-Mediated Videotelephonic Communication,” 1998
  • National Science Foundation Grant for Anthropological Research in Pohnpei, Micronesia, 1992-3

INVITED PAPERS AND TALKS (selected list)

  • Communication Challenges in Global Engineering Teams,” Ramshorn Scholars, University of Texas Engineers, 2019
  • “Words Matter: Communicating in the Global Office,” BigCommerce Women’s Group, Austin, 2019
  • Webinar, “Words Matter:  What research tells us about how to be a better communicator in a global workplace,” Human Dimensions of Organization Program, 2019
  • “Organizational Culture Change: Challenges and Apprehensions,” Abbott Labs, Austin, 2019
  • “Looking at your shoes instead of my shoes”: Communication in a Global Engineering Team, talk given at Google, simulcast to multiple Google offices, 2018
  •  “Human Interaction in an Age of New Media: a look at coordinating across time and space,” Sonoma State University, California, 2018
  • Panel Moderator, “Why Do Communication Skills Matter Now,” Webinar for 70 clients and coaches at Lingo Live, Enterprise Language Coaching for Tech Companies (panel participants included managers from Facebook, Evernote, and Salesforce), 2018
  • Keynote speech, Virtual Learner Summit. Lingo Live, Enterprise Language Coaching for Tech Companies, 2018
  • Anthropological Perspectives: Language and Power in Pohnpei and the Pacific, Studies of Paradise: Where Language Meets Culture in the Pacific, University of Bern, Switzerland, Keynote Speech, 2017
  • Words Matter: Challenges of Communicating in Global Teams, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2017
  • Words Matter: Some Challenges of Communication in Global Engineering Teams, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, 2017
  • Challenges of Contextualization in Technologically-Mediated, Cross-Cultural Work Settings, LETStudio project conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016
  • Communication and Culture: Collaborating in Technology-­Mediated Work Spaces across Four Continents. 4th International conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, University of Geneva. Keynote address, 2014.
  • Identity & Culture Clashes in Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaborations. REID – Revisiting Identity Conference, Örebro University, Sweden, 2013.
  • Culture, Communication and Access to a Mobile Sociality, Wenner-Gren Foundation Conference “Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Mobile Phones,” Washington D.C., 2013.
  • Transdisciplinary Medical Science: Negotiating Representations and Understandings. LinCS, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013.
  • Collaborating in Technology-Mediated Activity Space, LinCS, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013
  • New Language Games: Collaborating Within and Across Technology-Mediated Activity Space, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany, 2012.
  • Global Collaborative Engineering in Virtual Environments, University of Duisberg, Center for Global Cooperation Research, Germany, 2012
  • Virtual Language Realities: Making Meaning in Technologically Mediated Contexts, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2012
  • “The Only Game in Town?”: Coordinating Perspectives in Online Work and Play, Linkoping University, Sweden, 2011.
  • Matter and Meaning: Investigating Social and Cultural Impacts of Technological and Scientific Innovation, McGill University, Canada, 2011.
  • Mediated Action and Talk in Engineered Spaces. Workshop on Language, the Body, and Lived Space. National Institute of Infomatics, Tokyo, 2010.
  • “A Full Inspiration Tray”: Interacting across Real and Technologically-Mediated Worlds, Umeå University, Sweden, 2009.
  • Getting a Hearing Aid in the U.S., Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, Germany, 2009.
  • Linked to Devices: Enhanced, Enabled, and Constrained in the Emerging Culture of Digital Technologies, Aalborg, Denmark, 2008.
  • “Skills are Social” Spire Partner Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008.
  • Societal Impacts of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007
  • Productive (mis)Understandings in Interdisciplinary Meetings (a cancer research team), Workshop on Plurilingual Talk at Work, University of Lyon, France, 2007
  • Transdisciplinary Medical Science: Negotiating Representations and Building Understandings in Innovating a New Protocol for Cancer, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business Communication and Information Science, 2007.
  • Deaf, Blind and Elderly Users of Mobile Phone Technology, Symposium, NTT DoCoMo, Tokyo, 2007.
  • American Sign Language in Virtual Space: Interactions Between Deaf Users of Video Telephone and the Impact of Technology on Language Practices, Gainesville, Florida, 2006.
  • Current Societal Problems with Mobile Phone Usage in 15 Countries, Helsinki Mobility Roundtable, School of Business, Helsinki, Finland, 2006.
  • Multiple Modalities and Digitally-Mediated Interactions: Consequences for Participation, Language, and New Communicative Competence, Odense, Denmark, 2006.
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation in Everyday Interactions, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business Communication and Information Science, 2006.
  • Current Societal Problems with Mobile Phone Usage in 15 Countries. Symposium at NTT DoCoMo, Tokyo, 2005.
  • The Role of Language, Space, and the Body in the Cultural Organization of Power and Status Relationships, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2005.
  • Multi-Modal Communication, Estudios en Comunicación y Cultura, Nacional University, Bogota, Colombia, 2005.
  • Social Impacts of New Computer Technologies and How Language and Culture Shape Computer-Mediated Interaction, University of Toronto, 2005.
  • Computer-Mediated Communication and a Minority Language Community, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2004.
  • Macro and Micro Matters: Exploring Connections between Everyday Interactions and the Emergence of Shared Practices for Organizing Social Relationships and Activities, Communication and Interpretation. Wenner-Gren Foundation Conference, Duck, N.C., 2004.
  • Problematizing the Notion of ‘Activity’ and its Utility in Studying Face-To-Face, Computer-Mediated Interaction, UCLA, 2004.
  • Examining Interactions across Language Modalities: Deaf Children and Hearing Peers at School. The Center for Sign Language and Sign-supported Communication and Department of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002.
  • New Technologies for Talk-In-Interaction: Innovations in Sign Language Use in Computer-Mediated Communication. Kristina Institute and Research Institute for the Languages of Finland, Helsinki, 2002.
  • American Sign Language in Virtual Space: Interactions between Deaf Users of Video Telephone and the Impact of Technology on Language Practices. Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University, 2002.
  • American Sign Language in Virtual Space: the Impact of Technology on Language Practices. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2001.
  • New Technologies for Talk-in-Interaction: The Deaf Community, Visual Virtual Language, and Computer-Mediated Communication, UCLA, 2001.
  • The Language of Honor in Pohnpei (Micronesia), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris2, 2000.
  • The Role of Language, Space, and the Body in the Authorization of Power and Status in  Pohnpei, Micronesia, Centre de Recherche et Documentation sur l’Oceanie, Marseille, France, 2000.
  • Looking at Deaf-Hearing Interactions and the Impact of Technology on Language  Practices, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, 2000.