Dana Osborne joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in 2016 as Assistant Professor. Dr. Osborne is a linguistic anthropologist by training, having received her PhD from the University of Arizona's School of Anthropology in 2015, one of the highest ranking doctoral programs for anthropologists in the United States. Dr. Osborne's dissertation, entitled "Negotiating the Hierarchy of Languages in Ilocandia" focuses on the dynamics of language contact and change among young multilinguals in the minority-language region of Ilocos Sur, Philippines with the help of a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. In addition to this, Dr. Osborne has extensive experience with community-based participatory research, ethnographic and documentary filmmaking, and an array of methodologies of relevance to anthropological and social scientific analysis including experimental and psycholinguistic techniques. Dr. Osborne is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Toronto Semiotic Circle, and plays the ukulele. Dr. Osborne teaches courses in Anthropology, Arts and Contemporary Studies, and Language and Intercultural Relations at Ryerson University.
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