School of Interdisciplinary Arts
University of Washington
Bothell WA 98011
United States of America
thurlow @ uw.edu
Professor Crispin Thurlow
Language and Communication
In 2011, I moved to the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell after nearly eight years in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington Seattle. I am Academic Director of our MA Cultural Studies (MACS) program and Co-Director of our Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) program. I also hold adjunct appointments in Linguistics and Anthropology at UW Seattle and am a member of the University of Washington's Graduate School.
Prior to coming to the University of Washington, I was an assistant professor (UK "lecturer") in the Centre for Language & Communication Research at Cardiff University, Wales. My background is originally in social and applied psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa (1985-1990) and I was a registered (or "certified") psychologist with the British Psychological Society before coming to the USA. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Marketing, an Honours degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.
I also have a background in the theatre, having trained for two years as an actor at The Poor School in London (1990-1992) and, before that, having qualified as a teacher of Speech & Drama through Trinity College London (Licentiate diploma, 1985-1989). After several years of travelling and working at various jobs in London (including the British Council), I returned to academia, completing another masters degree - in Communication Studies at Sheffield Hallam University in England (1995-1996) - followed by a research methods diploma and then my doctorate in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, Wales (1997-2001).