After July 2014
Department of English Languages and Literatures
University of Bern
Before July 2014
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington
United States of America
Professor of Language and Communication
In August 2014, I will be taking up a new position in the Department of English Languages and Literature at the University of Bern, Switzerland. This will follow 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 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 also 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).