Hi, I'm Pearl, and I like to think about how we all use language to make and share meaning.
As a content strategist, I’ve worked for over 10 years in higher education administration at a small community college. At Hostos Community College, I work in the Office of Administration and Finance where I write and edit a variety of content that needs to address the expectations, preconceptions, and beliefs various audiences bring to their interactions with college operations. Frequently tasked with writing about programs, activities, and business processes I’m unfamiliar with, I’ve learned to ask questions that will elicit important details, use my skills as a linguistic anthropologist to gather and understand what’s not said, and think strategically and critically about how that information is ultimately presented.
As a linguistic anthropologist—someone who studies how language is used in a social context—I'm most interested in the intersection of identities: gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and nationality (at “home” and “abroad”) particularly. This has led me to think about the role of food and cuisine in identity, as demonstrated by my scholarly work, and let me dip a toe in speech and identity in video gaming communities.