Jennifer Delfino

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Assistant Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics

EMAIL: jdelfino@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-473

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1407

Jennifer is a linguistic anthropologist who researches language, discourse, race, and identity in the urban United States. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2014, which includes a degree concentration in Race, Gender, & Social Justice. Jennifer’s dissertation research explores how African American students living in a high-poverty area of Washington, D.C. used language to negotiate dominant discourses of race, schooling, and academic achievement. She has an article in Journal of Sociolinguistics (November 2016), and she is currently working on publishing a monograph of the study. Jennifer’s next ethnographic research project will focus on language and identity among Filipino Americans living in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing further inquiry into the cultural politics of race, belonging, and success in the United States.

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,
  • B.A. Reed College, Anthropology,2005

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • “Negotiating Achievements: Language, Race, and Schooling Experiences Among African American Children”
    Book manuscript in preparation for June 2018 completion. Funded by PSC-CUNY Faculty Research grant and CUNY Research Foundation Book Completion Award for 2017-2018 academic year.

Publications

  • Fighting Words? Joning as Conflict Talk and Identity Performance Among African American Preadolescents,Journal of Sociolinguistics

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • CUNY Research Foundation Book Completion Award, June 2017-July 2018
    Award for the writing of book manuscript titled, “Negotiating Achievements: Language, Race, and Schooling Experiences Among African American Preadolescents”
  • PSC-CUNY Faculty Research Award, July-August 2017
    Award for the writing of book manuscript titled, “Negotiating Achievements: Language, Race, and Schooling Experiences Among African American Preadolescents”

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