Michael Vermy, Assistant Professor
PhD (University of California)
Michael Vermy is an assistant professor of linguistics in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. After receiving his PhD in Romance Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michael was an Assistant Professor of Romance Linguistics at the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Buffalo. There he assessed and altered existing Spanish and French linguistics and language courses in addition to conceptualizing and constructing new linguistic courses cross-listed with the Anthropology and English Departments. He has published articles on how educators influence language maintenance and loss on heritage language learners. Michael was an invited speaker at the Cambridge University Ibero-Romance Linguistics Seminar in 2010. Currently, his research focuses on the manifestation of power relationships in language, the role of language ideologies on language choice among bi- or multi-lingual individuals, regional and social variation in languages and the function of language in culture and identity.