Michele Koven Researcher Profile

Michele KovenMichele Koven is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Anthropology. French, Global Studies, and the Center for Writing Studies.

Using ethnographic and discourse analytic approaches, her research interests include how people enact, infer, and evaluate images of social types in interaction. She is particularly interested in people’s interpretations and experiences of their own and others’ « identities » in multilingual contexts She has most extensively addressed these issues through the prism of oral storytelling among young people of Portuguese origin, raised in France. More recently, she has begun exploring these issues in social media.


In Press. Jaffe, Alexandra; Michele Koven, Sabina Perrino, and Cecile Vigouroux. Introduction to Special Issue of Language in Society. Heteroglossia, Performance, Power, and Participation.

In Press. Koven, Michele and Isabelle Simões Marques. Performing and Evaluating (Non)modernities of Portuguese Migrant Figures on YouTube: The Case of Antonio de Carglouch. Language in Society.

In Press. Koven, Michele. Narrative and Cultural Identities: Performing and Aligning with Figures of Personhood. To appear in Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Anna De Fina and Alexandra Georgakopolou (eds.) Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

2014. Koven, Michele. Interviewing: Practice, Ideology, Genre, and Intertextuality. Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol. 43.

2013. Koven, Michele. Antiracist, Modern Selves and Racist, Unmodern Others: Chronotopes of Modernity in Luso-descendants’ Race Talk. Language and Communication. 33/4, 544-558.

2013. Koven, Michele. Speaking French in Portugal: An Analysis of Contested Models of Emigrant Personhood in Narratives about Return Migration and Language Use. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 17(3)324-354.

2011. Koven, Michele. Speaker Role Analysis in Personal Narratives. In Varieties of Narrative Analysis. J. Holstein and J. Gubrium, (eds.) Thousand Oaks: Sage.

2011. Miller, Peggy.J.; Michele Koven, & Shumin Lin. Narrative Socialization. In Duranti, A. (ed.) Handbook on Language Socialization. Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell.

2011. Koven, Michele. Comparing Stories Told in the Sociolinguistic Interview and Spontaneous Conversation. Language in Society 40(1) 75-89.

2009. Koven, Michele. Managing Relationships and Identities through Forms of Address: What French-Portuguese Bilinguals Call their Parents in each Language. Language and Communication. 29(4): 343–365.

2007. Koven, Michele. Selves in Two Languages: Bilinguals’ Verbal Enactments of Identity in French and Portuguese. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Reviewed in Ethos, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Linguistlist, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Sociolinguistic Studies, Applied Linguistics, Studies in Second Language Acquisition).

2007. Miller, Peggy.; Heidi Fung; Michele Koven. Narrative Reverberations: How Participation in Narrative Practices Co-Creates Persons and Cultures. In Handbook of Cultural Psychology. Shinobu Kitayama, Dov Cohen (eds.) New York: Guilford Press.

2006. Koven, Michele. Feeling in Two Languages: A Comparative Analysis of a Bilingual’s Affective Displays in French and Portuguese. In Bilingualism, Emotions, and Selves. Aneta Pavlenko (ed.) Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

2004. Koven, Michele. Getting “Emotional” in Two Languages: Bilinguals’ Semiotic Resources for the Verbal Performance of Affect. Text 24(4): 471-515.

2004. Koven, Michele. Transnational Perspectives on Sociolinguistic Capital among Luso-descendants in France and Portugal. American Ethnologist 31(2): 270-290.

2002. Koven, Michele. An Analysis of Speaker Role Inhabitance in Narratives of Personal Experience. The Journal of Pragmatics 34(2): 167-217.

2001. Koven, Michele. Comparing Bilinguals’ Quoted Performances of Self and Others in Tellings of the Same Experience in Two Languages. Language in Society 30: 513-558.

1998. Koven, Michele. Two Languages in the Self /The Self in Two Languages: French and Portuguese Bilinguals’ Verbal Enactments and Experiences of Self in Narrative Discourse. Ethos 26(4): 410-455.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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