Senior Lecturer

Diana E. Popa holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (2005) and came to UVM in 2014 after already achieving a tenured position at a Romanian university. Diana initially worked for the Global Gateway Program (College of Education and Social Services) and then joined the Department of Linguistics (College of Arts and Sciences). While at UVM, she has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels in three different departments. Diana is widely published and serves as editor/reviewer for several scholarly journals. Her research interests focus on discourse analysis, applied linguistics, language pedagogy argumentation and debate. As a researcher, she leverages quantitative and qualitative data to explore the linguistic, pragmatic, cultural and social factors that lead to language acquisition and use in multimodal contexts.


Sharon Lockyer & Diana E. Popa. (2016). “I like the Metamorphosis of the Characters”: Dynamics of Transnational Television Comedy Engagement. International Journal of Communication 10: 20-41.

“Multimodal metaphors in political entertainment.” In Maria Jesus Pinar (ed.) 2015. Multimodality and Cognitive Linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Scripnic, Gabriela & Diana E. Popa. (2015). From hostile humour to stereotyping in televised satire Les Guignols de l’Info. Language and Dialogue 5(1): 90-106.

“Culture”. In Salvatore Attardo (ed.) 2014. Encyclopedia of Humour Studies. Los Angeles/London. 189-191.

“Televised political satire: new theoretical introspections”. In Marta Dynel (ed.). 2013. Developments in Linguistic Humour Theory. Amsterdam & New York: John Benjamins. 367- 39

Associations and Affiliations

TESOL International Association
Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)
International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Applied linguistics; Second language acquisition; Pragmatics and discourse analysis; Communication theories; Argumentation and debate


  • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
  • M.A. in Translation and Interpreting, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania
  • TESOL Certificate, Trinity College, London, U.K.
  • TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program, TESOL International Association


Office Location:

Waterman 501