Anna De Fina




Department of Italian
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Anna De Fina holds a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from Palermo University, an M.A. in Linguistics from Esculea Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics from Cambridge University (U.K.), and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Between 1981 and 1993, she worked as Professor of Applied Linguistics and Italian at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, where she chaired the Applied Linguistics Department between 1990 and 1993. In 1994, she moved to the United States where she taught at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and Mary Washington College. In 2004 she joined the Georgetown Faculty where she is currently Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics in the Italian Department and affiliated professor with the Linguistics
Her interests focus on narrative, discourse and identity, immigrant and transnational communities, Italian American studies and superdiversity. She has published widely on a variety of topics in Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis, from the discourse construction of identities to the use of media among transnational communities, from narratives in immigrant discourse to the role of ethnography in sociolinguistic research. Among her publications are the volumes Analyzing Narrative: Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2011) co-authored with Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Identity in Narrative (2003, John Benjamins), and the edited collections Handbook of Narrative Analysis (2015, Wiley Blackwell), with Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Discourse and Identity (2006, Cambridge University Press), with D. Schiffrin and M. Bamberg.


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  • Italian (speak, read, write)