About Adam Hodges
My scholarly roots lie in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and critically-oriented forms of discourse analysis. I am interested in the role language plays in society, politics, and culture. Here are a few themes that characterize many of my projects to date.
Language, power, and politics. My research in this area explores political discourse in US society. I have written about the Bush administration’s “war on terror” narrative, Obama’s “yes we can” campaign slogan, and political discourse during the Trump presidency.
Language, race, and racism. My research and writing in this area has focused on the role language plays in enacting and perpetuating racism, such as in mainstream media reactions to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin or the utterance of racist remarks by prominent personalities.
Social media, culture, and identity. In collaboration with colleagues involved in ethnographic research in the Middle East, I have explored the way social media platforms are adapted to local cultural contexts where privacy norms and notions of the individual differ from the contexts in which the social media platforms were designed.
My teaching has focused on both sociocultural linguistics as well as writing and rhetoric. I am currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder where my courses include Language & Politics, Language & Culture, and Language in US Society. Before returning to Colorado, I spent four years as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University’s international campus in Qatar where I taught academic and professional writing to a linguistically and nationally diverse group of students. Before that, I taught sociocultural linguistics for two years at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh. I have also taught in the Linguistics Department at Stanford University and the Anthropology Department at Colorado State University.
|September 2019 - Present||Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder ‐ Linguistics|
|August 2017 - June 2018||Visiting Assistant Professor (Qatar Campus), Carnegie Mellon University ‐ English|
|January 2014 - December 2016||Visiting Assistant Professor (Qatar Campus), Carnegie Mellon University ‐ English|
|August 2010 - May 2012||A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Humanities Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University ‐ English|
- Language & Politics
- Global Climate Change
- Social Media & Our Digital Lives
- Language & Culture
- Language in Society
- Discourse Analysis
- Language, Power & Politics
- Language in US Society
- Language & Gender
- First-Year Writing & Rhetoric
- Interpretation & Argument
- Academic Reading & Writing
- Technical Communication
Journal Articles (15)
Photo Sharing in the Arab Gulf: Expressing the Collective and ...
Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17) (2017)
Current research demonstrates that when people engage in social photo sharing, they are mindful of how audiences perceive and interact ...
Surveillance & Modesty on Social Media: How Qataris Navigate Modernity ...
Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '16) (2016)
Recent research on social media use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has focused on their role ...
Book Chapters (12)
Contribution to Book
The Paranoid Style in Politics: Ideological Underpinnings of the Discourse ...
Contemporary Discourses of Hate and Radicalism across Space and Genres, (2017)
In American politics, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has asserted itself as a leading voice in the gun rights movement. ...
Contribution to Book
The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction (2015)
Sociocultural linguistics refers to a wide-ranging field of interdisciplinary scholarship concerned with language as a sociocultural phenomenon. Perspectives draw from ...