Professor, SED Language Education and CAS Linguistics
Dr. O’Connor’s research and teaching interests are in linguistics and applied linguistics. In 2013 she received an NSF/NEH Fellowship continue her documentation of Northern Pomo, an indigenous language of North America. In 2010-11 she received an NSF grant to support work on Medumba, a Grassfields Bantoid language of Cameroon. Within applied linguistics, her work centers on classroom discourse, particularly in mathematics and science classrooms, and the role of language in standardized assessments. She has published books, journal articles and book chapters on her linguistic and applied linguistic research. In addition to teaching in the Literacy and Language Cluster in SED, Dr. O’Connor also teaches in the Program in Applied Linguistics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.