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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

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 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


Books (5)

Journal Articles (15)

Book Chapters (12)