Michele Koven Profile

ProfilesMichele Koven is 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.

Michele Koven

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.


Marques, I. S., & Koven, M. E. J. (2017). “We are going to our Portuguese homeland!”: French Luso-descendants’ diasporic Facebook conarrations of vacation return trips to Portugal. Narrative Inquiry27(2), 286-310.

Koven, M. E. J. (2016). Essentialization strategies in the storytellings of young Luso-descendant women in France: Narrative calibration, voicing, and scale. Language and Communication46, 19-29.

Jaffe, A., Koven, M. E. J., Perrino, S., & Vigouroux, C. (2015). Heteroglossia, performance, power, and participation. Language in Society, 44(2) , 135-139.

Koven, M. E. J., & Simões Marques, I. (2015). Performing and evaluating (non)modernities of Portuguese migrant figures on YouTube: The case of Antonio de Carglouch. Language in Society 44(2), 213-242.

Koven, M. E. J. (2014). Interviewing: Practice, ideology, genre, and intertextuality. Annual Review of Anthropology43, 499-520.

Koven, M. (2013). Antiracist, modern selves and racist, unmodern others: Chronotopes of modernity in Luso-descendants’ race talk. Language and Communication. 33(4), 544-558.

Koven, M. (2013). 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.

Koven, M. (2007). Selves in two languages: Bilingual verbal enactments of identity in French and Portuguese. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Koven, M. (2004). Transnational perspectives on sociolinguistic capital among Luso-descendants in France and Portugal. American Ethnologist, 31(2), 270-290.

Work for CID:
Michele Koven wrote KC72: Intertextuality and translated it into French.

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty member at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in new media technologies. A PhD is required at time of appointment. Senior candidates should have distinguished records of research and teaching appropriate to a tenured appointment. In addition, the ability to secure external funding is highly desirable. Assistant Professor applicants must have or show clear promise of developing a distinguished record of undergraduate and graduate teaching and independent research. Target start date is August 16, 2014. Salary level is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We seek an outstanding candidate who specializes in new media technologies, including the role of new technologies in communication among individuals, groups, organizations, or cultures. Research on new media may be situated within any area of communication study, so topics might include social media, workplace communication, diffusion of technologies, new media and politics, communication technology design, mediatization of institutions and culture, or a wide range of other possibilities. Applicants should be developing theory that accommodates and transcends any particular new emerging technology.

Successful candidates will join departmental colleagues with varied disciplinary backgrounds in a unit of 24 graduate faculty members.  The department supports undergraduate and master’s programs (including an online MS program in health communication) as well as one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished doctoral programs.

To apply, create your candidate profile here  and upload application materials: application letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching materials (including evidence of teaching excellence). The online application will require the contact information for three professional references.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 11, 2013.

For further information please contact Ned O’Gorman, Associate Professor, Associate Head, and Search Chair; email: nogorman AT illinois.edu.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Mellon Postdocs @ U IL

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014-2016

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows for two-year appointments starting in Fall 2014.

The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities will spend the two-year term in residence at Illinois, will conduct research on the proposed project, and will teach two courses per year in the appropriate academic department. The Fellows will also participate in activities related to their research at the IPRH, in the teaching department, and on the Illinois campus. Each Post-Doctoral Fellow will give a public lecture on his or her research.

The search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, but we seek applicants whose work falls into one of the following broad subject areas:
*       Race and Diaspora Studies
*       History of Science/Technology
*       Empire and Colonial Studies
*       Memory Studies

The fellowship carries a $45,000 annual stipend, a $2,000 research account, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2013 (i.e., PhD in hand by application period).

Application Deadline: October 28, 2013

Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found here.

Applications must be submitted online. The submission period opens September 1, 2013.

Please address questions about these fellowships to: Dr. Nancy Castro, Associate Director of IPRH, at ncastro AT illinois.edu