Peter I. De Costa is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Before joining MSU, Peter taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Peter’s primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA), though he researches other issues in applied linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research, scalar approaches to language learning, language learning and emotions, linguistic landscapes in multilingual settings, and corpus-based understandings of EAP genre-related challenges encountered by international students studying in US universities.
Peter is a recipient of several awards: the Fulbright scholarship (Harvard University, 2001-2002), the M.A.K. Halliday scholarship (conferred by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, 2008), the American Association of Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Travel Award (2010), the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dissertator Fellowship (2010), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language SIG Dissertation of the Year Award (2012), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Language and Social Processes SIG Emerging Scholar Award (2016).
- American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Asia TEFL (Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Asia TEFL)
- International Association of World Englishes (IAWE)
- International Society for Language Studies (ISLS)
- Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)