Bio


Jennifer Johnson holds a B.A. in Art History with Honors from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy and Culture Division) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to Stanford, Jennifer taught courses in the Linguistics Department, Graduate School of Education and College Writing Program at Berkeley. As a graduate student at Berkeley, she was the recipient of the Berkeley Language Center Research Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award and Teaching Effectiveness Award. Her academic and research areas are applied and anthropological linguistics; the intersections of language, identity and culture; second language acquisition theory and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of English; and multimodal communication and theories of embodiment.

She is currently working on publishing her dissertation, an ethnographic project critically examining the intersections of multimodality/multilingualism, identity and ideology in language learning contexts at a school for the Deaf. As both teacher and researcher, Jennifer is committed to critically understanding educational practices in today’s classrooms and developing pedagogical practices that draw on diverse student learning abilities.

An avid adventure-seeker, Jennifer windsurfs and rock climbs and lives aboard her sailboat, Nepenthe.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


SPECIALIZATION: Intersections of Language, Identity and Culture, Sociocultural Studies in Education, Second Language Acquisition Theory and Bilingualism, Multimodal Communication and Theories of Embodiment, Deaf Studies