Assistant Professor, Department of French & Italian
Ph. D., UC Davis, 2018
Office: 410 Callaway North
Alexander Mendes (he/il). PhD University of California, Davis – 2018. Dr. Mendes is a scholar-practitioner working in interdisciplinary French studies from the vantage point of sociocultural and applied linguistics. He is interested in material and symbolic dimensions of multilingual dynamics, specifically language policies and practices in the French Mediterranean. His current book project is an ethnography of urban multilingualism on Corsica exploring issues related to immigration, heritage languages, and globalization. Mendes is Core Faculty in Linguistics and Hispanic Studies.
- Minoritized language maintenance / revitalization / reclamation
- Critical pedagogies
- The role of linguistics and language policy in social justice initiatives
- Sociopolitical processes shaping conceptualizations and representations of “multilingualism”
- Globalization studies and Mediterranean studies
- Mendes, A. (2022). “Je la veux…cuite ? Francohegemony, Steak, and FLE in French Cultural Contexts.” The French Review. 95(3): 139-156.
- Mendes, A. (2021). “Forging Multilingualism: Teleological Tension in French and Corsican Middle School Curricula.” Language Policy. 20(2): 173-192.
- Mendes, A. (2020). “Verdant Vernaculars: Corsican Environmental Assemblages.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 30(2): 156-178.
- Mendes, A. (2018). “Granite Island Pearls: ‘Unaccompanied Foreign Minors’ in a Corsican FLE Class.” Critical Multilingualism Studies. 6(1): 190-214.
- Kemp, R., Moline, E., Escalante, C., Mendes, A., & Bayley, R. (2016). “Where Have All the Participles Went? Using Twitter Data to Teach About Language.” American Speech. 91(2): 226-235.
Courses taught in Linguistics
LING 311 French Phonetics (same as FREN 311)
LING 505 Problems in Foreign Language Teaching (same as FREN 505)