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Dr Sumin Zhao

Lecturer in Discourse Analysis

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sydney
Master of Letters, University of Sydney

Biography

I received my academic training as a text linguist in the Hallidayan tradition at the University of Sydney. My areas of expertise include Discourse Analysis (multimodal & critical), Social Semiotics, and Systemic Functional Grammar.

Prior to joining Edinburgh, I held the Carlsberg Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Southern Denmark (2016-2018) and the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Technology Sydney (2013-2016). I was a visiting research associate at UCL Institute of Education in 2015 and 2016.

Research Interests

Digital literacies and multimodal practices of young children: the design and use of mobile applications in the early childhood context, digital literacy practices of immigrant families with young children, picture books and transnational text flows
Multimodality and social media discourses: selfies and digital genres, the discourses of childhood & motherhood, technology-mediated multimodal interaction

Teaching

I am currently teaching one module for LEL 1A: Discourse in Everday life. 

I am also developing a new honours course on Discourse Analysis

I am the course organiser and lecturer for MSc Discourse Studies in the 2019/2020 Academic year.

Administrative Roles

Co-Director MSc Applied Linguistics

Research activities & awards

  1. Multilingua (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  2. Visual Communication (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  3. Discourse & Communication (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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Latest prizes

  1. Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowships awarded competitively

  2. Carlsberg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

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