Latest Book

Living on the Edge
When Hard Times Become a Way of Life

About Celine-Marie Pascale


Professor Celine – Marie Pascale is a leading scholar in the field of language and society.  Her research examines how language and representation are used to create and normalize systemic inequalities.  Pascale’s scholarship on the relationship between systems of signification and social/economic inequalities has been acknowledged with national and international awards for uniquely important contributions to the field. Her newest book, Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become A Way of Life is her first book for a general audience.  In 2022 it was the Non-Fiction Runner Up for the Weatherford Award of Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association.

Pascale’s expertise and scholarship have been featured by media including national outlets such as the BBC4 Radio, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR), Channel 7/ABC News, Channel 9 Local News, Associated Press, The Progressive, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Counterspin, Fairness and Accuracy in the Media (FAIR), and Metro Networks. Her research has also been featured international media including International Business Times of Australia and La Nación (Argentina).

She served as president of the International Sociology Association Research Committee 25, Language & Society and as a member of the executive board of the American Sociology Association section on Race, Class & Gender . She currently and serves as an invited editorial board member and reviewer for multiple academic presses and scholarly journals and as advisor to the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.

As consultant and educator, Professor Pascale has been invited to provide workshops and educational training on whiteness. In 2016, she received the College Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to an Inclusive Community in the College of Arts & Sciences at American University.   Outside of the AU community, Professor Pascale has provided a variety of support for organizations including local schools, the National Children’s Defense Fund, City Policy Associates for the Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Report, the Center for Social Media and the New Media Literary Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Celine-Marie Pascale earned her doctorate in Sociology with a certificate in Feminist Studies (then, Women’s Studies) in December 2001 from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She served as a University of California Faculty Fellow until 2003, when she accepted a position on the faculty of American University.  At American University, Celine-Marie earned tenure in 2009 and early promotion to full professor in 2013. She served three years as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Arts & Sciences, 2014-2017. In 2023, she became Professor Emerita. Also in 2023, she was honored with the Distinguished Career Award from the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Language & Society.