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Invited Lectures and Presentations

Invited Guest Speaker. “The Weaponization of Language.” Canada Bangladesh Social Justice Action Research Alliance (CBSJARA). December 8, 2021. 

Guest Speaker. Keynote Panel for Conference on Wokeness, Sleepwalking and Stupors: The War on Social Justice Discourse. Paper title: “The Heresy of Commonsense in an Age of Chaos.” Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. October 6, 2021.

Keynote Speaker for UNESCO and the International Sociological Association Conference on “Language and Society: Research Advances in Social Sciences.” Paper title “The Weaponization of Language.” Warsaw, Poland. September 26-27, 2019.

Keynote Speaker for the Research Committee on Language and Society. “Confronting the Politics of Disinformation: What can sociologists do?” XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018.

Invited discussant for a panel entitled “Language Diversity: The Role of Language in Unequal Knowledge Dissemination” organized by scholars to engage with my 2016 Plenary talk, “North Atlantic Epistemology and the Coloniality of Knowledge Production.” XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, Canada July 15-21, 2018

Keynote Speaker for the Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion. “”Commonsense, Power & Privilege.” Organized and hosted by the Georgetown University Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, February 20, 2018.

Qualitative Textual Analysis of Interviews and Media.” Invited webinar for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. November 16, 2017.

“North Atlantic Epistemology and the Coloniality of Knowledge Production.”  Plenary speaker for Third ISA Forum of Sociology, International Sociology Association, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016.


“Hands Up: Race Relations in America.” Co-presenter with Professors Caleen Jennings, Sonya Grier and John Watson. American University, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2014.
“Fukushima, Tsunamis and Earthquakes: The meanings of risk in the 21st century.”  XVIII World Congress of International Sociology Association in Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014.
“Queering Gender Studies.”  University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, November 22, 2012.
“The Sexualization of Race.” International and Multicultural Branch of the Women’s Initiative, November 30, 2011.
“Feminist Epistemologies & the Politics of Knowledge.” Pre-sessional hosted by Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, February 25, 2011.
“21st Century Inquiry and the Changing Discourse of Science.”  Seminar with Professor Patrick Jackson. Government Department Seminar Series. American University   March 30, 2011.
“Making Sense of Race, Gender and Class: Methodological Issues.”   The Material Culture/Visual Culture Research Program Area Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE). University of Maryland, College Park, 2006.
“Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability and a Workplace Ethic of Care.” With Chai Feldblum, Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Division of United States Studies, 2005.
“Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Visibility.” Plenary speaker for the 12th Annual Conference on Lavender Languages & Linguistics, American University, 2005.
“Negotiating Theoretical and Methodological Concerns.” Pacific Sociological Association, 2004.
“What’s in a Name? Language Power and Inequality.”  Keynote speaker for Project South, American University, Washington, D.C. 2004.
“Talk About Being Homeless: Footing Shifts As A Tool For Textual Analysis.”  Soroptimist International, Sierra Pacific Region 1999.