English as a lingua franca; intercultural communication and pragmatics; the role of gestures in second language learning and teaching; humor construction; second language teacher professional development.
Yumi Matsumoto is an expert on English a lingua franca — a shared language used among speakers with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in how multilingual speakers use multimodal communication practices--such as gestures, laughter, and actions--to resolve miscommunication. Matsumoto is also interested in “seeing” how second language teachers develop professionally through the lens of sociocultural theory.
Jonathan Zimmerman reviews three books on the desegregation of schools after the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and unpacks the ruling's ongoing legal and historical questions.