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Center Graduate Students: Jein Funk

Jein Funk is a Ph.D. student in the Center for Writing Studies in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Information

288 English Building | MC-718

Biographical Statement

After receiving her undergraduate degree at CUNY Baruch-Zicklin School of Business, Jein pursued a career in market research and pharmaceutical copywriting. Her decision to leave the corporate world was spurred by a desire to use the skills honed in these fields to explore the formation and pedagogical implications of cultural outlooks on learning. Her current research focuses on immigrant populations and explores the roles of economic, religious, and political intervention in assimilation patterns and, subsequently, in language acquisition, writing style, and community views on literacy practices.

Research Interests

Immigrant assimilation patterns, economies of literacy, sociocultural theory, dialects of exclusion, rhetoric of identity, discourse analysis.