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Dominika M Baran, Associate Professor of English and Linguistics

Dominika M Baran

My main research interests lie in the area of language, identity, and migration. I am particularly interested in how migrant identities are formed and enacted through discourse and linguistic practices, such as code-switching and translanguaging. My recent book, Language in Immigrant America, is an interdisciplinary examination of language as a site for the contestation of the meanings of “immigrant” and “American” identities, and argues that these two categories have always been overlapping, conflicting, fluid, and mutually constitutive, as well as formed in the context of multilingualism - and not, as is often assumed, English monolingualism - as the American sociocultural reality since the earliest European settlements. 

My current project focuses on narratives of migration and belonging among former fellow refugees, and on narratives and discourse on social media. My other interests include language and emotion, specifically the experience of living "in a second language" and of translating the self, and the development and use of hybrid language varieties such as Spanglish. I am also continuing my earlier work, building on my PhD research, on the sociolinguistics of Taiwan Mandarin.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  English Department, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2741
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Fall 2010 - Mondays and Fridays, 2-3:00pm

Ph.D. Harvard University2007
M.A. Harvard University1999
BAHarvard University1996

Research Interests: Language and identity, language ideologies, multilingual communities, language in education, language and migration

Current projects: Book project: Language in Immigrant America, to be published by Cambridge University Press

My work to date has focused on the relationship between language ideologies and the construction of social identities through linguistic practice. My PhD dissertation examined the intersection of language, ethnicity, gender and social class in the context of an educational institution in Taiwan. Most recently, I have become interested in the role of language in the shaping of immigrant identities in the United States and other English-dominant countries.


discourse analysis, narrative • Discourse Analysis, Narrative • Identity • linguistic analysis (linguistics) • Linguistic Analysis (linguistics) • mandarin dialects • Mandarin Dialects • Multilingualism • sociolinguistics • Sociolinguistics • united states--emigration and immigration--history • United States--emigration and Immigration--history

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Baran, D, Translocal spaces and identities: Negotiating belonging among former refugees in a Facebook group message, edited by Ciepiela, K, Language, Identity and Community (Lodz Studies in Language Series) (2019), Peter Lang
  2. Avineri, N, Immigrants Facing Linguistic Barriers in the U.S. Justice System: Case Studies from North Carolina, edited by Graham, L; Johnson, E; Riner, R; Rosa, J (2019), pp. 227-234, Routledge
  3. Baran, DM, Narratives of migration on Facebook: Belonging and identity among former fellow refugees, Language in Society, vol. 47 no. 2 (April, 2018), pp. 245-268, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Baran, D, Language in immigrant America (January, 2017), pp. 1-357, ISBN 9781107058392 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Baran, D, Linguistic practice and identity work: Variation in Taiwan Mandarin at a Taipei County high school, Journal of Sociolinguistics, vol. 18 no. 1 (January, 2014), pp. 32-59 [doi]  [abs]

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