Jennifer Delfino

Assistant Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics


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Jennifer is a linguistic anthropologist who researches language, discourse, race, and identity in the urban United States. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2014, which includes a degree concentration in Race, Gender, & Social Justice. Jennifer's dissertation research explores how African American students living in a high-poverty area of Washington, D.C. used language to negotiate dominant discourses of race, schooling, and academic achievement. She has an article in Journal of Sociolinguistics (November 2016), and she is currently working on publishing a monograph of the study. Jennifer's next ethnographic research project will focus on language and identity among Filipino Americans living in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing further inquiry into the cultural politics of race, belonging, and success in the United States.


Racism Theory/Critical "Race" Theory, Race & Ethnicity, Marxism, Literacy, Linguistics, Language and Literacy, Discourse analysis, Children in Poverty, Applied Linguistics, Anthropology, Adolescence


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