Prof. Dr. Crispin Thurlow

Ausserordentlicher Professor
Language and Communication

B 268
Postal Address
Department of English
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
By appointment

Crispin Thurlow joined the department in August 2014. With a background in psychology (South Africa) and in theatre (England), Professor Thurlow worked for over a decade at the University of Washington in the USA where he held appointments in Communication, Linguistics and Anthropology, and, most recently, was a Full Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. In 2007, he received the university's highest honour for teaching excellence, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Before moving to North America, Professor Thurlow had lived in Wales, holding a lectureship in the Center for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University which is also where he completed his doctorate.

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Research Interests

Critical discourse studies, critical intercultural studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, meta-language, language ideology, multimodality (e.g. visuality, space/place, material culture), language and globalization, language and new media, youth and adolescent communication, sex/uality, class inequality.