Joe Kessler
Ph.D student, University at Buffalo Linguistics
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About Me

From an early age, I have been fascinated with language and how we interact with one another through it. I am a puzzle-solver at heart, and I love exploring the unique and elegant strategies that we as language-speakers employ to get our points across.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the College of William and Mary, where I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with high honors in 2010. While in college, I completed a second major in Anthropology, which has been greatly beneficial in contextualizing the human element in my studies of language.

Since 2010, I have been pursuing graduate study at the University at Buffalo, where I am a Presidential Fellow and Ph.D student in the Department of Linguistics. I am also a founding editor of the student research journal Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates, a showcase for emerging talent and areas of study within anthropology and its related fields.

I am trained as a sociolinguist, which entails studying the nuanced interplay between our social identities and the forms of language that we use. I am currently writing my dissertation on the linguistic norms of digital communities and their potential spread to the spoken language. I am keenly interested in how digital identities intersect with our offline social interactions, and how those intersections might manifest linguistically.

Joe Kessler, July 2014

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