|Dr. Christina Higgins
Department of Second Language Studies
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1890 East-West Rd. USA
557 Moore Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph.D., English language and linguistics, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Ph.D. Minor in the Department of African Languages and Literature)
Title of Dissertation: Swahili-English Bilingual Conversation: A Vehicle for the Study of Language Ideology
Dissertation Co-directors: Dr. Cecilia E. Ford and Dr. Jane Zuengler
M.A. in linguistics, 1997, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Certificate to teach English as a second language, 1997, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. in English, linguistics, and speech; B.A. in American Studies, 1994, Mary Washington College
Project Assistant, Advanced Swahili on the Web, Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Forum, UW-Madison (Summer, 2003)
Project Assistant, Project on Academic Language Socialization, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research University of Wisconsin-Madison (Summer, 1999-Summer, 2000). Dr. Jane Zuengler, primary investigator.
2010. Language and HIV/AIDS. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. (co-editor with Bonny Norton).
2010. Raising critical language awareness in Hawai'i : Da Pidgin Coup. In B. Migge, I. Léglise, & A. Bartens (eds.), Creoles in education: A critical assessment and comparison of existing projects . (pp. 31-54). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
2004. Implications of sociolinguistic variation in Swahili for the foreign language classroom. Journal of the African Language Teachers Association 5, 67-79.
2003. "Ownership" of English in the Outer Circle: An alternative to the NS-NNS dichotomy. TESOL Quarterly 37, 615-644.
2003. In search of a profound answer: Mainstream scripts and the marginalization of advanced-track urban students. Linguistics and Education, 14 , 195-220. (with M. Thompson & R. Roeder).
2005. Davies, Alan (2004). The native speaker: Myth and reality. 2nd edition. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. World Englishes, 24, 3.
Other Scholarly Work
(with Alex Perullo). Multiple angles of empowerment: Challenges to hybridity theory from Tanzanian reggae and ragga. Presented as part of the colloquium "Hip Hop Hybridity at the Transnational Crossroads: New Directions and Implication Part 2: "Caribbean Influences in Transnational Hip Hop" (organized by B. Low). Association of Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Kingston, Jamaica, 7/6/08.
Hybrid codes and new literacies in a multilingual linguistic landscape. Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics annual meeting, 3/30/08.
Co-presenter. Raising critical language awareness through research and community activism: Da Pidgin Coup at UH-Manoa. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Society for Language Studies annual conference, Honolulu, April 2-4, 2007.
Colloquium Organizer (invited). International Pragmatics and Language Learning Conference. Negotiating the self in another language: Discourse approaches to language learning as cross cultural adaptation. Individual paper: Cross-cultural adaptation in Swahili as a second language among Western women. Honolulu, March 26-28, 2007.
Crossing or Appropriation?: African American English, Glocalization, and the Imagined Communities of Hip Hop Culture among East African Youths. Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Eugene, OR, April 7, 2006.
Teaching language and culture through humor: Using cartoons in the Swahili classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the African Language Teachers' Association, Madison, WI, April 29-May 1, 2004.
The role of English-Swahili bilingual conversation among elites. Presented at the International Pragmatics Association Conference, Toronto, July 19, 2003.
The hegemony of English in Tanzania: Discourses of globalization from interview data. Presented at the World Conference on African Linguistics, June 21, 2003.
Swahili-English bilingual conversation: One language or two? Presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, May 2, 2003.
'Are you Hindu?': How social identity is constructed and contested through religious member categorization devices. Presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics conference, Arlington, Virginia, March 25, 2003.
|Grants and Fellowships
Project director. Connecting language and history: An interactive exhibit at the Hawaii Plantation Village Museum. Hawai'i Council for the Humanities ($7,500). August, 2010-August, 2011.
Project director. Ha Kam Wi Tawk Pidgin Yet? :Researching Local Identity through Language. Hawai'i Council for the Humanities ($23,624). December, 2008-June, 2009.
Co-PI (with Eva Ponte, UH-Manoa College of Education). Professional Development: Teaching English as a Second Language Learners. ($96,825). August, 2008-July, 2009.
(alternate, not awarded) Fulbright scholar research grant for AIDS and AIDS-Related Research. Deciphering discourses of disease: AIDS education in Tanzania. June-August, 2007.
University of Hawaii Research Relations Fund. Summer Travel Grant to Tanzania. Deciphering discourses of disease: AIDS education in Tanzania. ($5000) - 2006
Univeristy of Hawaii, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, Research and Training Revolving Fund, Travel to Tanzania ($2000) - 2006
University of Hawaii Research Relations Fund. Summer Travel Grant to Tanzania. Deciphering discourses of disease: AIDS education in Tanzania. ($5000) - 2005
University of Wisconsin-Madison Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship ($2000) (for Gujarati) - Summer, 2003
Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship ($6200) (Tanzania) - Summer, 1998
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship ($2000) (Swahili), - Summer, 1998
2005-present. Member, Applied Linguistics in Africa Interest Group, American Association of Applied Linguistics.
2005-2006. Organizer, Weekly Lecture Series, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
2003-present. Abstract reviewer for annual conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics.
2002-2003. Technology Fellow, Technology Fellows in the Humanities Program, UW-Madison
1999-2000. President, Applied Linguistics Student Association, (UW-Madison)
1999-2000. Organizer, Applied Linguistics Colloquium (UW-Madison)
Co-chair, Second Language Research Forum 2000 (held at UW-Madison, September, 2000)