Institute of English Languages and Literatures
University of Bern
Professor of Language and Communication
Since August 2014, I have been based in the Institute of English Languages and Literature at the University of Bern. This follows more than a decade of working at the University of Washington: most recently in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and, before that, in the Department of Communication. I also held adjunct appointments in both Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Washington. Before moving to the USA in 2003, I was lecturer in the Centre for Language & Communication Research at Cardiff University, Wales.
My background is originally in social and applied psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa (1985-1990) and I was previously a registered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Marketing, an Honours degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. I also have a background in the theatre, having trained for two years as an actor at The Poor School in London (1990-1992) and had qualified as a teacher of Speech & Drama through Trinity College London (Licentiate diploma, 1985-1989). After several years of travelling and working at various jobs in London (including the British Council), I returned to academia, completing another masters degree - in Communication Studies at Sheffield Hallam University in England (1995-1996) - followed by my doctorate in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, Wales (1997-2001).