UMass Boston

Christian W. Chun

Applied Linguistics
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Sociolinguistics , discourse analysis, language and political economy


PhD, Second Language Education, OISE, The University of Toronto
MA, TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles
BA, Economics and Drama, Franklin and Marshall College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Christian W. Chun is the author of three books; Power and Meaning Making in an EAP Classroom: Engaging with the Everyday (2015), The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense (2017), and A World without Capitalism? Alternative Discourses, Spaces, and Imaginaries (2021), and the editor of the volume, Applied Linguistics and Politics (2022). He is currently working on his next book, The Language of Our Politics for Cambridge University Press.

Research Interests

Discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, ethnography, class, race and identity, language and political economy, linguistic landscapes, urban studies, visual studies, Asian American studies. 

Classes Taught

APLING 603: Language, Culture, and Identity 
APLING 623: Sociolinguistics
APLING 637: Ethnography of Education: Culture, Language, & Literacy
APLING 643: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Critical Pedagogy and Critical Language Education
APLING 702: Issues in Sociolinguistics
APLING 703: Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
APLING 705: Advanced Ethnography
APLING 707: Language and pedagogy


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