I specialize in applied, qualitative research methodologies that involve community-based and community-engaged research. Specifically, I have investigated American English language varieties, focusing on the symbolic representation of self and other over time, social, and physical space. My most recent projects have involved investigating community identities in Anchorage, Alaska. I draw on sociolinguistic, anthropological, and rhetorical theories to better understand the plasticity of community identity in relation to abstract social constructs of home, belonging, sustainability, safety, and health. I have a long history of designing research projects where collaboration with students, community members, and other scholars is central. Such research reciprocity is foundational to building equitable partnerships.