Welcome visitor! My name is Tiffany Jones, and I am a graduate student at University of South Carolina. Currently, I am a Teaching Fellow for the Social Advocacy and Ethical Life Program, where I lead an intense seminar-style course that prompts students’ engagement with theories of ethics while establishing and ‘performing’ their own avenues for advocacy. It is a class I deeply enjoy, as I get the opportunity to teach principles of rhetoric (speaking and writing) and address issues of identity and culture – my favorite subjects.
My path to Linguistic Anthropology – as my CV shows – was a winding road. That said, I have always been a lover of language in all it forms. After an internship led me back to graduate school for my Masters in Rhetoric and Composition, I discovered one of my greatest joys: teaching novice writers to wield the power of the pen. Through my tenure as an instructor of Composition, I found the need to advocate for linguistic (language) diversity in and outside of the classroom. So, I began focusing on language variation and inclusive pedagogies, especially for speakers of African American English. This led me to obtain my Masters in Linguistics and towards pursuing a PhD in Anthropology.
As a Linguistic Anthropologist, I am equally vested in exploring the intersections of ethnicity, language, and authority. My engagement with Spoken Word poetry is both a celebration of African American Language (AAL) and Verbal Arts Traditions as well as a professed commitment to scholar-activism research; my research is used to support / promote the arts, social justice endeavors, and equal access to education for all. Overall, I am very fortunate, as my work seamlessly blends my personal and professional identities and curiosities.