I am Associate Professor in the departments of English, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. I am also core faculty in the PhD program in Culture & Theory, core faculty in the Global Cultures undergraduate major, and an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Critical Korean Studies. Finally, I currently serve as Director of the Program in Academic English.
My recent research generally focuses on the intersections between language and globalization, especially as they emerge in various realms such as in global Englishes, multilingualism, ethnic/national identification, and language education. I have published on these topics in a range of journals and edited volumes. I have also published a monograph, The Politics of Translingualism: After Englishes, two co-edited volumes, one on Translinguistics: Negotiating Innovation and Ordinariness and one on Korean Englishes in Transnational Contexts, along with a two co-edited journal special issues, one for the International Journal of Multilingualism and another for World Englishes.
Currently, I am completing a monograph on the space and semiotics of global Korea, focusing on the linguistic/semiotic landscapes of Korean and transnational Korean contexts across Asia (South Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong) and the Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil). My other major projects include an edited volume, under advance contract with Routledge, on The Sociolinguistics of Global Asias, along with a co-edited special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents on “Circum-Atlantic Linguistic Flows.” I am additionally completing a series of other articles/chapters related to the sociolinguistics of globalization and critical applied linguistics.