Lisa Del Torto teaches expository writing, freshman seminars, and the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) sequence. Drawing on her training in sociolinguistics and methods of ethnography and conversation analysis, Del Torto’s research focuses on language and identity, language contact, multilingual family interaction, and English language learning.

She believes that sociolinguistics is a fascinating field of study with broad applications. With this belief, Del Torto brings sociolinguistics into all of her teaching.

Her current freshman seminar, This Linguistic Life: Language and Our Everyday Experience, introduces topics in sociolinguistics that we encounter in our daily lives and provides students opportunities to explore the spoken and written language they use and observe in a variety of everyday contexts.


PhD, Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MA, Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. Linguistics (Spanish), New York University, New York, NY

Research Interests

Language and identity; language contact; multilingual family interaction; English language learning