I hold the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of English, where I am also a member of the Research Center for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE). I am an interdisciplinary scholar who investigates how people deploy language in specific temporospatial and sociocultural contexts to achieve various aims, including identity construction and negotiation, self-promotion and othering as well as argumentation, resistance and (de)legitimation. I am particularly interested in language and identity, language attitudes and stereotypes, language and diversity and language and/in politics.
The main analytical approaches I adopt are (critical) discourse analysis, critical metaphor analysis and discourse-mythological analysis, combining them with corpus methods and insights from history, communication studies and political science. My research has a critical orientation; therefore, it aims to raise awareness about various complicated constructs in society and to illustrate how research on language use can translate into social activism. My published work has drawn heavily on comparative and interdisciplinary research frameworks, with some exploring phenomena in Ghana, China, the US and the UK.