Lindsay Preseau

Assistant Professor of German


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2238 Pearson

Area of expertise: corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, language policy and planning, linguistic ethnography, second language acquisition and pedagogy, sociolinguistics

Topics of interest: Contemporary German Language, German for the Professions and for Specific Purposes, German Literature, German(ic) Linguistics and Languages


Lindsay Preseau received her Ph.D. in German with a specialization in Germanic Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Linguistics. Her research lies at the intersection of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and language pedagogy, bringing qualitative and quantitative research on the social dimensions of language into dialogue with the ways language are taught and legislated. Her current projects focus on (1) scholarly and popular construction of migrant language(s) and their influence on language pedagogy and (2) gender-inclusive and trans-affirming language practices in language teaching. Dr. Preseau's 2020 monograph, "Kiezenglish: Multiethnic German and the Global English Debate," looks in particular at the erasure English in characterizations and depictions of migrant language in Germany, drawing on corpus linguistics and ethnographic linguistic fieldwork conducted in migrant language educational settings. Her research has been supported by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the U.S. Department of Education, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

In her teaching, Dr. Preseau strives to interdigitate the cultural, linguistic, and cognitive dimensions of language, bringing together the study of language as an art and as a science.