Alisha Reaves, PhD

Assistant Professor


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PhD French Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington
MA French Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington
MA Second Language Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
MA International Affairs, The George Washington University
BS French and Linguistics, Tulane University

Areas of Expertise

French Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Discourse Markers, Language Policy


Alisha Reaves received her PhD in French Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to joining the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at Towson University, she taught French language and culture at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University Bloomington.  She received a B.S. with a double major in French and Linguistics from Tulane University in New Orleans and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research concentrates on discourse markers, both their acquisition by learners of French as well as their use by French native speakers. Other research interests broadly include language policy and sociolinguistic variation in the francophone world.  In teaching, Dr. Reaves believes in incorporating experiential learning and linguistics, and showcasing the diversity of the francophone world.