Affiliated Faculty


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bio-photoLluís Baixauli-Olmos is an Assistant Professor in Translation & Interpreting (Spanish) at the University of Louisville.

Education: Universitat Jaume I (Castelló, Spain)
Research Interests include: public service interpreting, cognition of interpreters, intercultural communication, professional ethics, moral philosophy, sociology of professions.



James Chisholm is Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Louisville.
Education: University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.)

Research Interests:  I draw on methods from critical discourse analysis, ethnography, and visual discourse analysis to study discussion – and arts-based English language arts instruction and adolescents’ multimodal literacy practices and identities.

Hilaria Cruz is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Native American Religions at the University of Louisville.
Education: University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.)

Research Interests:  Language documentation and revitalization, Automatic Speech Recognition for endangered languages, verbal art, indigenous knowledge and religion, and morphology.


Bruce Horner is Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville.

Education: University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests: Translingual, mobility, and practice theories of language, literacy, and composition pedagogy.


Bonnie Fonseca-Greber is an Associate Professor of French and Linguistics and Director of French Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville.

Education: University of Arizona
Research Interests: Her research interests and publications focus primarily on the morpho-syntactic structure of Spoken (Swiss) French based on a conversational corpus she compiled to examine pronoun use and applications to language teaching and learning, as well as in language teacher and translator preparation.

image002[6]Michèle Foster is Henry Heuser Endowed Chair in Urban Education Partnerships and in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the University of Louisville.

Education: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Research Interests: The social, cultural, educational, and linguistic contexts of African Americans.


Andrea Olinger

Andrea Olinger
is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: Andrea draws from writing studies, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and linguistic anthropology to study talk (and embodied actions) about and during writing, language ideologies related to writing and writing style, and writing practices in disciplines and professions.

marypMary P. Sheridan is a Professor of English at the University of Louisville interested in questions of community engagement, digital media, and feminist methodologies.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: Her current teaching and research interests include working with graduate students to design and teach a free digital media summer camp for girls from low performing Louisville elementary schools.

unnamed-1Steven Skaggs is Professor of Design at the Hite Art Institute.

Education: Pratt Institute
Research Interests: visual semiotics, Charles Peirce, pragmatism, visual entities, graphic design, and typography. He is the author of FireSigns: A Semiotic Theory for Graphic Design (MIT Press, 2017) and Logos – The Development of Visual Symbols (Crisp/Thompson, 1992) and the coeditor of Zed 4: Semiotics Pedagogy and Practice (Center for Design Studies, 1998) and has published in such journals as Cognitio, Progetto Grafico, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Chinese Semiotic Studies, and Letter Arts Review. Professor Skaggs started the first semiotics discussion list, Semios-L, in 1989.

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Karl Swinehart is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisville.

Education: University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: I am a linguistic anthropologist with a background in applied and educational linguistics who is broadly interested in social inequality and the semiotic dimensions of its mediation. My current research focuses on indigenous language politics in Bolivia, focusing on Aymara language media. My other areas of expertise include Scandinavia (Norway) and the U.S. (bilingual education and language policy).

Lisa C. Wagner is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Louisville
Education: The Ohio State University
Research Interests: Visual Language, L2 Spanish Articulatory Phonetics, Language Attitudes and Linguistic Ideologies, and Language in Pop-Culture.


Margath (Maggie) Walker is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Louisville

Education: University of Kentucky (Ph.D)
Research Interests: Two themes structure my current research: the geopolitics of borders, and the critical social theory of Herbert Marcuse



Kathy Whitmore holds the Ashland/Nystrand Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education Research in the College of Education and Human Development.
Education: PhD in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona in 1992.
Research Interests: Kathy’s research focuses on early written language learning and teaching in diverse, multilingual settings. Her most recent book is Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies: Narratives of Hope, Power, and Vision (2017, edited with R Meyer, Routledge), which is the third in a series of edited volumes about literacy education in contemporary political and pedagogical spaces.
One of Kathy’s current projects is the preparation of a book co-authored with James Chisholm called, Reading Challenging Texts with Adolescents, to be published by Routledge and NCTE, in which she and James draw on multimodal analyses  to understand eighth graders’ engagement with the Diary of Anne Frank and other Holocaust texts during arts-integrated learning opportunities.



Beth Willey is Professor of English at the University of Louisville.

Education: Northwestern University (PhD)

Research Interests: Her current research focuses on the mediations of globalization and modernization in African literature and popular culture.