Jennifer Delfino

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Assistant Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics

EMAIL: jdelfino@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-473

Office Hours: Varies per semester; please email jdelfino@bmcc.cuny.edu

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1407

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Jennifer B. Delfino is Assistant Professor of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Distinguished CUNY Scholar at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She is a linguistic anthropologist whose research focuses on language and racialization. Jennifer’s book, “Speaking of Race: Language, Identity, and Schooling Among African American Students” (Lexington Books, 2020) examines how African American students use language to navigate and transform oppressive raciolinguistic ideologies. Her current research projects are: 1) a digital ethnography of white liberals’ discourses of race/racism, equity, and inclusion on social media and 2) an ethnographic study of language and identity among Filipino American college students in the greater New York City area. Her fall 2021 study on the teaching and learning of Tagalog as a heritage language in New York and New Jersey is funded by the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Expertise

Racism Theory/Critical “Race” Theory, Race & Ethnicity, Marxism, Literacy, Linguistics, Language and Literacy, Discourse analysis, Children in Poverty, Applied Linguistics, Anthropology, Adolescence

Degrees

Ph.D. American University, Anthropology, 2014

M.A., American University, Public Anthropology, 2012

B.A. Reed College, Anthropology,2005

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

2008-2011: Ethnography of language, identity, and schooling among African American students in Washington, D.C.

2017-present: Digital ethnography of white liberals’ discourses of race, racism, and equity

2020-present: Language and identity among Filipino American college students in the greater New York City Area

Publications

Monographs

Delfino, Jennifer B. 2020. Speaking of Race: Language, Identity, and Schooling Among African American Children. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Forthcoming Publications

2022. “English Proficiency.” In Nadal, Kevin, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and David E.J.R. (eds.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. SAGE Publications, expected September 2022.

2022. With H. Samy Alim. “Language, Race, and Ethnicity/Raciolinguistics.” In Li, Wei, Zhu Hua and James Simpson (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2nd edition). Taylor & Francis, September 2022.

2021. “White Allies and the Semiotics of Wokeness: Raciolinguistic Chronotopes of White Virtue on Facebook.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, May 2021 special issue

Journal Publications

2020. With Maureen Kosse. “Racialization and the National Body: (Re)defining Selves and Others in Changing Contexts of Liberal Democratic Governance.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 265: 1-7.

 2020. “Talking ‘Like a Race’: Gender, Authority, and Articulate Speech in African American Children’s Marking Speech Acts.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 265: 57-79.

2016. “Fighting Words? Joning as Conflict Talk and Identity Performance among African American Preadolescents.” Journal of Sociolinguistics 20(5): 631-653.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

2021-2022. Distinguished CUNY Scholar, The Advanced Research Collaborative, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

2021. Faculty Development Grant, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York

2017-2018. CUNY Research Foundation Book Completion Award

2017. PSC-CUNY Faculty Research Award

Member, BMCC Race, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee

Member, The American Anthropological Association and Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Core Member, Committee on Language and Social Justice (Society for Linguistic Anthropology), http://linguisticanthropology.org/socialjustice/

Member, Philippine Academic Association Northeast Steering Committee, paane.org

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