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Department of French & Italian at Emory
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Alexander Mendes

Assistant Professor, French
Core Faculty in Linguistics

Department of French and Italian
North Callaway Center 410



Alexander Mendes (Ph.D., UC Davis, 2018) specializes in multilingualism in the context of the French Mediterranean. Professor Mendes is trained in qualitative applied sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, with interests in comparative Romance and Romance minority languages. He is, in addition, particularly interested in language awareness approaches to language learning/pedagogy as well as SLA in multilingual environments. His current book project is a linguistic ethnography on (im)migration, heritage languages, and multilingualism on Corsica, examining how the island is experiencing the consequences of “globalizing surges.” Professor Mendes is Core Faculty in Linguistics and Affiliate Faculty of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Hispanic Studies.


  • Interactions between place-based and mobile heritage languages (e.g., Corsican vis-à-vis Arabic; Native American/Indigenous languages vis-à-vis Spanish).
  • The role of language policy and applied linguistics in social justice initiatives, especially regarding (im)migrant youth.
  • Sociopolitical processes influencing conceptualizations and representations of multilingualism.

Selected publications:

Alex is a proud UndocuAlly Educator.