Irina Golubeva, Professor of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication; Affiliate Professor in Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
Director of the M.A. Program in Intercultural Communication
Dr. Golubeva teaches and publishes in four languages: English, Hungarian, Russian and Spanish. Professor Golubeva’s main research interests concern the development of multilingual awareness and intercultural competence, internationalization of Higher Education, and conceptualization of intercultural citizenship. She is also the Co-director of the Intercultural Leadership Certificate Program. She is strongly committed to non-profit work, and served for seven years as a vice-president of the European Association of Teachers. In 2020, she received the Pedagogy and Teaching Award and the title of “UMBC Innovation Fellow” for her contribution to fostering inclusiveness and intercultural dialogue on campus, and for enhancing students’ engagement in Internationalization at Home.
David Beard, Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication. Principal investigator and head of UMBC’s laboratory on Bilingualism: Education, Acquisition, Research and Design.
Professor Beard Is an applied linguist whose research areas include second language acquisition, bilingualism, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, the bilingual lexicon, second language vocabulary development, technology in the world language classroom, implicit/explicit learning and teaching,and learned attention. Two of his current projects include Texts in Spanish for Teachers (TST) and the Perceived Lexical Distance Project (PLDP). The first is freely available computer application with a stored database of texts in Spanish that can be searched for by difficulty level, and the second is an experimental psycholinguistic approach to measure lexical distances between languages and compare them to historical accounts of lexical similarity. Finally, he is currently looking for research assistants to work in his lab.Please contact him if you are interested.Twitter: @1psycholinguist
Erin K. Hogan, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Dr. Hogan’s research specializes in contemporary Iberian cultural production with particular interest in the child as biopolitical figure, gynocentric filmic representations of and by women, and the uses of comedy and social satire. Her broader areas of inquiry span time, place, discipline, and media from 17th century Spain to contemporary Latin American and transnational screen arts, intercultural pedagogy, and videographic criticism.
Omar Ka, Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication: Affiliate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
My current research includes Language Planning and Education in Senegal; Wolof Prosodic Structure; a Wolof Reader for advanced learners which will include sociolinguistic and ethnographic information. I am particularly interested in, first the language planning and language policy issues that African countries are facing in their attempt to develop literacy, and second the analysis of the Wolof language in its phonology and morphology, as well as its teaching. Still within Sociolinguistics, I am also interested in code-switching behavior and processes in multilingual societies, and how they affect language structure and language teaching.
Renée Lambert-Brétière, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication; Affiliate Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
Dr. Lambert-Brétière’s research focuses on the relationship between language and culture,and on ethnolinguistic fieldwork-based documentation and description of endangered languages, from a discourse-based functional, typological and cognitive linguistics perspective.She has ongoing research projects on three very different languages in different parts of the world: Innu, an indigenous Algonquian language of Canada; Fon, a Kwa language spoken in Benin in West Africa; and Kwoma, a non-Austronesian language of Papua New Guinea. She Is also interested in the genesis of French-based Caribbean creoles, languages formed by the contact between African and European languages.