Dominika M Baran

Dominika M Baran

Associate Professor of English

External Address: 
English Department, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 684-2741

My main research interests lie in the area of language, identity, and migration. I am particularly interested in how migrant identities are formed and enacted through discourse and linguistic practices, such as code-switching and translanguaging. My recent book, Language in Immigrant America, is an interdisciplinary examination of language as a site for the contestation of the meanings of “immigrant” and “American” identities, and argues that these two categories have always been overlapping, conflicting, fluid, and mutually constitutive, as well as formed in the context of multilingualism - and not, as is often assumed, English monolingualism - as the American sociocultural reality since the earliest European settlements. 

My current project focuses on narratives of migration and belonging among former fellow refugees, and on narratives and discourse on social media. My other interests include language and emotion, specifically the experience of living "in a second language" and of translating the self, and the development and use of hybrid language varieties such as Spanglish. I am also continuing my earlier work, building on my PhD research, on the sociolinguistics of Taiwan Mandarin.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2007
  • M.A., Harvard University 1999

Baran, D. Language in immigrant America. January 1, 2017. Full Text

Baran, DM. "Working with adolescents: Identity, power and responsibility in sociolinguistic ethnography." Practices of Ethics: An Empirical Approach to Ethics in Social Sciences. Ed. I Paoletti, A Tomas, and F Mendez. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 155-176.

Baran, DM. "Negotiating Complex Identities: Language Choice, Code-switching, and Identity in Taiwan." Ed. LRN Ashley and WH Finke. Language and Identity: the Selected Papers of the International Conference (2002): 63-75.

Baran, DM. "The Role of Russian Function Words in Urban Colloquial Uzbek." Proceedings from the 2000 Symposium About Language and Society - Austin (SALSA) 44 (2000): 18-32.