My name is Nicholas Subtirelu (Nic Subtirelu), and I’m a Ph.D student in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL (English as a second language) at Georgia State University. In my day job as a researcher, I attempt to use the theories and concepts of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis to better understand problems in education, politics, and other aspects of our society. In particular, I’m interested in how educational and political institutions deal with linguistic diversity, by which I mean the ways in which people use language differently. For example, I’m interested in how schools and governments think about and work with ‘nonnative’ speakers of English or speakers of other ‘nonstandard’ varieties of English like African American English. If you’re interested in my scholarly work, you can find a list of my publications here. In addition, I teach linguistics and English for Academic Purposes at Georgia State. I also work with a community literacy program, Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, where I teach a class to prepare students for the US citizenship test.