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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 current events related to 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. As a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, I have spent nearly four years teaching academic and professional writing to a linguistically and nationally diverse group of students at Carnegie Mellon University’s international campus in Qatar. Before that, I taught sociocultural linguistics and rhetoric for two years at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh. I have also taught in the Linguistics Department at Stanford University, the Linguistics Department and Program for Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Colorado, and the Anthropology Department at Colorado State University. 

Positions

August 2017 Present Visiting Assistant Professor (Qatar Campus), Carnegie Mellon University English
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January 2014December 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor (Qatar Campus), Carnegie Mellon University English
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August 2010May 2012 A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Humanities Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University English
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Curriculum Vitae




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Courses

  • 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



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General Audience Articles (14)

Book Reviews (9)

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